Fife College staff say they were “delighted” with the interest shown by the public in plans to build a new £90 million campus in Dunfermline.
A drop-in consultation was held in Dunfermline East Church in the lead-up to the college submitting a planning application to Fife Council to build a new campus on the former Shepherd Offshore site in Dunlin Drive.
Fife College vice-principal David Neilson said he was delighted with the success of the event and regarded it as a “great stepping stone” towards the creation of a new campus.
“I am really pleased with the turnout as the views of the public are extremely beneficial to us in helping to shape and design our new campus,” he said.
“It also allowed us to explain our plans for the site and at what stage we are in the process.”
The plans are not without controversy as a cross party group of local politicians, backed by business people, have urged the college to seriously consider a town centre option.
Nevertheless, the college says feedback was positive and covered areas the community would like project chiefs to consider when planning the new development.
These include promoting healthy walking and cycling routes and ensuring that traffic flow and on-street parking is well managed.
The college announced last March it had secured the option to buy land to build the new west Fife campus, which is part of a wider strategy to improve its estates across the region.
The planned development in Dunfermline would, said the college, offer it the chance to create “a facility that puts students at the centre, focusing entirely on their needs.”
Comments can also be sent in writing to New Campus Consultation, Fife College, Halbeath Campus, Pittsburgh Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY by the closing date of September 20.