Old coal mine set to become green housing

The site of one of busiest coal mines of West Fife will soon be the home of a new environmentally friendly housing development as a result of a new project by Lomond Homes which has been working closely alongside the Fife Council to make sure that all 44 homes that will be part of the development meet with the sustainability requirements of the council.

The Castlehill mine located just to the west of Blairhill is the new home of the development.  First opened in 196 and part of the Longannet complex of mines that also included Solsgirth and Bogside, the mine at one point employed just about eight hundred people before it was closed in 1990.  At this poin the mine became used for ventilation and access to the rest of the complex, however, after the complex flooded in 2002 deep coal mining was closed for good in Scotland.

In the years that passed since then the site that is located on the side of the A907 Dunfermline-Alloa road has been nothing more than an eyesore but now it is going to be transformed into a nice location for countryside living.

A report released this week from the planning committee stated that the goal of the new development will be to turn an old colliery site into something that is very attractive and eco friendly that will help show the high level of Fife sustainable development.  The new properties will offer residential homes and many live work units along with an allotment space for food cultivation, a community building, and some open spaces as well as a wildlife buffer that has the proper sustainable drainage features.

Lomond Homes first purchased the site a few years ago with the focus on regeneration of the area, and is now working hard to make sure that they stay in compliance with all of the sustainability requirements from the Fife Council.  The idea is to create an eco village out of the redundant mine making it a proud selling point of the area instead of a run down worksite.