Inverkip coastal community to energise former power station
March 3 2021
Scottish Power and planning consultancy Turley have shared their vision to develop the former Inverkip Power Station site with 650 homes and a village centre complete with shops, community facilities and parkland.
Brueacre Village will bring the 100-acre site back into use for the first time since the power station was dismantled in 2014 and will require an upgrade of the surrounding road network to accommodate increased traffic.
Situated between Inverkip and Wemyss Bay the planned community will front a coastal park running the length of the Firth of Clyde shoreline, accommodating onward active travel routes to both neighbouring villages. Protected trees, principally within the Wemyss Plantation, will be retained as part of any work.
Alan Aitkenhead, ScottishPower’s Head of Estates said: “This is an exciting development opportunity that will support the regeneration and transformation of an extensive unused site, while removing a former fossil fuel asset from our property portfolio.”
Kate Donald, associate director at Turley, added: “If successful, the development framework would also support the emerging National Planning Framework 4’s aspirations for 20-minute neighbourhoods, where residents can access all the basic amenities they need within 20 minutes without using a car, reducing unnecessary vehicle trips.”
Subject to approval Scottish Power will market the site for onward sale to a developer with planning in place. Housing densities will be between 30 and 60 dwellings per hectare.
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