After public consultation with most of the local organisations,
including Bo'ness Community Council, expressing support for the
proposals Falkirk Council voted 16-15 in favour of proceeding with
the revised development proposals. (see report to council below)
The public consultation proved inconclusive with opinion split
roughly 50-50 and was reflected to some extent in the council vote.
The tight vote, which appeared to split along expected political
lines, ended up in a stalemate at 15-15 with the proposed plans
given the go-ahead by the casting vote of the Provost.
Proposed re-phased development
ING were selected as the successful bidders following a marketing
exercise undertaken by the Council in 2003 to identify a preferred
developer for the regeneration of the harbour and foreshore.
Since ING's selection as preferred developer in 2004, there have
been significant changes in national and international market conditions.
The consultation was brought about by the financial pressures,
along with now known historic industrial site remediation and structural
engineering costs, making the original development proposals unviable.
This has caused ING (the preferred developer) to amend their approach
to the scheme, starting development at the east end of the site
rather than the original plans commencing with the harbour to the
west and proceeding east.
Planning to proceed
The vote means that detailed planning applications can now be drawn
up for submission subject to the usual planning consultation with
Initial information suggests that the fears of some objectors that
the new re-phased development would include a raft of high-rise
blocks in the first phases have been set aside with ING stating
that there would be no 6-storey blocks in their application. (see
ING letter below)