September 1, 2011 - February 29, 2012

Fife Plans to Green Vacant and Derelict Sites

Community Growing, Greenspace for Learning & Play, Integrated Habitat Network, Recreation & Active Travel, Urban Greening, Vacant & Derelict Land
CSGN Development Fund
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Lead Partners:
Fife Council
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In 2011 Fife had almost 900ha of vacant and derelict land and third of the local authority's homes were located within 500m of one or more of these sites. This can be attributed to the decline of heavy industry, which has impacted upon the quality of the natural environment in the region, and the economic down turn, which has delayed the development of these sites.

Project background

Fife Council identified the need to reduce the amount of vacant and derelict land as a major priority. In 2011, it commissioned Optimised Environments Ltd (OPEN) to explore the feasibility of greening six vacant and derelict sites across the Fife area. The project included a contextual study of these sites, liaison with landowners and the development of detailed design proposals.

How the project was delivered

OPEN engaged with landowners and local community representatives to identify aspirations for the six identified sites. They also conducted a contextual assessment of each site, focusing the opportunities for enhancement and management. These assessments were used alongside the results of the community consultation to guide the design proposals.

The final report identifies a range of opportunities for each site together with an indicative budget. It provides advice on the greening of vacant and derelict land that can be rolled out to other sites and facilitates future funding applications for implementation.

Project outcomes

This project promotes the greening of vacant and derelict land. It provides proposals for the development of six vacant sites, returning them to productive use and helping to create an attractive greenspace for living.

The project engages local residents and landowners. This helps to engender pride in the local environment and to create a sense of local ownership of the project.

The report promotes the development good quality greenspace that reinforces links between habitat networks.

The report recommends the development of greenspace and access routes for recreation and active travel.

Quotes from participants and beneficiaries

“This piece of work demonstrates good progress being made on bringing vacant and derelict land in Fife into beneficial use and reducing its negative impact on communities”

Bill Lindsay, Service Manager (Development Plan Team), Fife Council

CSGN Support and Learning

The CSGN seeks to stimulate the regeneration of vacant and derelict land and supported this project through the 2011 CSGN Development fund.

Future development of project

Using the detailed proposals and budgetary information provided, Fife council will seek funding for implementation of the recommendations made in the report.

The report outlines a transferable approach to the greening of vacant and derelict land that can be applied to a wide range of sites. With this in mind, Fife Council is exploring opportunities to expand the project beyond the six initial sites.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2011 CSGN Development Fund 12,300

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