Pipe net­work pro­pos­als would pave way for heat scheme

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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