Pipe network proposals would pave way for heat scheme
An integral part of a multimillion-pound project to supply cheap energy to Glenrothes is expected to be approved next week.
Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee have been advised to approve plans for the Glenrothes District Heating Scheme when they meet in the town on Monday.
The £17.1 million initiative is being spearheaded by the local authority in conjunction with energy firm RWE and the Scottish Government.
It aims to supply low-carbon heat to a range of businesses, public sector premises and homes through a vast network of underground pipes.
At the meeting next week, councillors will specifically be asked to approve the installation of pipes throughout the town centre.
Members will be told these pipes are crucial for transferring heat generated from the RWE Markinch biomass plant to the area.
The team behind the scheme say hundreds of homes and dozens of local businesses could benefit.
The project will take advantage of the heat capacity from the biomass plant, transporting it to the council’s buildings at Fife House and Rothesay House as early as January 2019.
A further 327 homes have also been identified as potential beneficiaries, as well as the Rothes Halls and local library, major retailers, a social and community club and a local church.
In a report to the meeting, planner Alex Laidler will tell councillors the proposals meet all necessary guidance and advises that the project should be approved.