Developer 'disappointed' with council

Rift opens over £250m Queensferry waterfront project

Queensferry One

Queensferry One: capitalising on opportunities created by the new crossing

A rift has developed between Fife Council and the developer of a huge tract of land in the shadow of the Queensferry Crossing.

Scarborough Muir Group, owner of Queensferry One – a 120 acre site in Rosyth – said it is “disappointed” that a framework has been approved despite a failure to prove it is commercially viable or in the interests of the community.

The Rosyth Waterfront Development Framework was put forward by Fife Council planning officials and has been agreed by the South and West Fife Area Committee.

The £250m Queensferry One development aims to capitalise on the opening of the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing which opened in August.

It will include 450,000 sq ft of offices; 800,000 sq ft of industrial, manufacturing and logistics warehouses; 60,000 sq ft for roadside type uses (such as a service station and food outlets) and a 120 bed budget hotel.

But William McAlister, property director at Scarborough Muir Group believes the committee has moved too quickly to approve the plan.

He said: “We believe that a number of fundamental steps had been missed in reaching the stage that a Development Framework was put before the committee, namely the commissioning of a comprehensive development framework master planning exercise, and public consultation. 

“Both are standard practices in a development of this scale but our representations to the planning officials were ignored.”

He added: “It is one thing to draft a Development Framework in isolation.  It is quite another to ensure it is commercially viable and that it has the interests and aspirations of the community, the Council and the majority landowner at heart.”

Mr McAlister said that the company would continue to work on the project.

“Despite another setback caused by Fife Council, we remain very much committed to the comprehensive development of Rosyth Waterfront,” he said. 

Fife Council had been instructed by Scottish Ministers to produce a Rosyth Waterfront Development Framework to coordinate the range of sites and uses at this strategic location. 

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