29 September 2009
Scotland’s landscape is set for changes thanks to creative planning and design consultants from WYG looking at the potential of 24 huge sites throughout the country.
Award-winning consultancy, WYG Planning & Design, has been commissioned by SRG Estates, to oversee the 24 site portfolio, totalling around 13,000 hectares, with the aim of identifying short, medium and long term opportunities for SRG Estates.
David Crichton Miller, Managing Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport, said: “Our consultants are working with SRG Estates to identify, define and deliver innovative solutions and this project exemplifies that skill of assisting clients in the recovery and re-use of sites which are both significant in scale and in the nature of the planning challenges they face in redevelopment.
“The project also confirmed our exceptional experience of working within the surface mining sector in Scotland and we look forward to assisting SRG over the years in achieving the successful re-use of many if not all of these sites for the benefit of SRG and many local communities,” he added.
SRG Estates, is one of the operating companies of the Scottish Resources Group (SRG) the largest surface mining company in the UK. They are responsible for the land, property and renewable energy interests of the wider SRG group, and are actively seeking innovative and valuable planning solutions for the post operational land portfolio. The portfolio consists of various sites throughout the local authority areas of Fife, East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian and West Lothian.
Work completed on the portfolio so far has included; an extensive planning policy context review for each of the sites; a review of local authority strategies to determine their priorities for future growth; a detailed analysis for each site; and a number of more specific appraisals providing advice on the most appropriate method for taking the sites forward through the planning system.
Tony Thomas, Director, WYG Planning & Design, said: “The sites in East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire in particular, are in areas which have faced significant economic downturn in recent years due to the decline of traditional industries. The SRG portfolio is an excellent opportunity to create positive and innovate land use solutions to help in the wider regeneration of these areas. We are considering all potential land uses for the sites, including residential, tourism, recreation and employment.”