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New lease of life planned for famous Fife paper mill site

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THE famous ex-Tullis Russell Paper Mill site between Glenrothes and Markinch could be transformed into a new housing-led community after plans for the site were submitted to Fife Council.

Tullis Russell Papermakers collapsed three years ago, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. Now, town planners and designers Barton Willmore have submitted a Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application on behalf of Advance Construction for a mixed-use masterplan, which includes up to 850 new homes.

Barton Willmore said the project is estimated to deliver a £42.5 million boost for Glenrothes, creating up to 450 jobs and employment for around 300 construction workers during a decade-long build programme.

As well as housing, the proposals for the 52-hectare site include plans for retail and leisure facilities, business space, industrial units, a care home and an extension to the Riverside Park.

Colin Lavety, planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland said, “The Planning Permission in Principle application we have submitted aims to breathe new life back into what is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. It will regenerate a high profile site which has been left vacant since the former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site was closed, creating a desirable, attractive and highly sustainable place to live and work.”