The £175m waterfront development
plans for the harbour and foreshore has finally been given the go-ahead
by Scottish Ministers.
ministers have given the green light to The plans for the £175m
facelift of the historic waterfront in Bo'ness hopes to attract
further economic investment.
The 400-year-old harbour will be transformed into
a modern marina with a 90-bedroom hotel and hundreds of new homes.
Scottish Ministers Approval
Falkirk Council had agreed to support the project final approval
was needed from the Scottish Executive.
The council and developer ING Real Estates can
now conclude the legal agreements so that work can begin.
Concerns about wildlife
Scottish Executive ministers were called to give
their backing after concerns were raised that the harbour and development
was next to a special wildlife protected area.
Fer Dijkstra, of ING Real Estate UK, said: "The
decision by the Scottish Executive marks yet another important step
in the regeneration of Bo'ness."
The 27.5 hectare development will transform the
foreshore area of Bo'ness with the creation of a marina for leisure
craft centering on the existing harbour.
A yacht club, hotel, restaurants, bars and shops
also form part of the proposed development together with the building
of 123 flats and 75 townhouses.
Work should start in July
on the project is now expected to start in July 2007 and could last
up to eight years.
Up to 700 construction jobs and 100 permanent
jobs are expected to be created.
The decision also means that the long-awaited
start to the redevelopment of the western approach to the town at
Corbiehall will get underway.
It should mean that work on the 'Coffin Block'
and Queen Mary building will also now see a start in the coming months.