Reaction to Fife Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Longannet

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which has its Scottish headquarters in Kincardine, responds to Fife Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for the redevelopment of Longannet by Scottish Enterprise. The redevelopment is set to include a new train factory from Talgo.

Nicky Wilson, trustee with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland, said: “We welcome the decision from Fife Council to grant outline planning permission for the redevelopment of Longannet by Scottish Enterprise. This decision, which will hopefully lead to Talgo building its new factory on the site on the edge of Kincardine – employing 1,000 people and supporting a further 5,000 jobs – is a massive boost to the local economy.

“The area has a ready supply of skilled labour and good transport links to the rest of the country, but communities have been badly affected by the closure of the coal-fired power station more than three years ago.

“The redevelopment of the site, including the Talgo factory, will help rejuvenate such communities and build on the work we do to support former mining areas.”

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