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New waterfront development backed
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Plans for a 175m redevelopment of the historic waterfront area of Bo'ness have been backed by councillors.

The project aims to rejuvenate the town's 400-year-old harbour by creating a marina as well as a 90-bedroom hotel and hundreds of new homes.

Falkirk councillors have supported the development, despite some concerns that the harbour, on the River Forth, is next to a specially protected area.

Scottish ministers will decide whether the council can determine the plans.

It is hoped that the plans, brought forward by developers ING Real Estate Development UK, will help Bo'ness become a major player in the leisure industry.

'Encouraging support'

Falkirk Council regulatory committee convener John Constable said he was optimistic that the Scottish Executive would give the local authority powers to decide on the plans.

"ING Real Estate's plans can be of immense importance to the future prosperity of Bo'ness and to the wider economy of the Falkirk Council area," he said.

"Bo'ness people have been very encouraging in their support for the proposals."

If approved, the project would take about eight years to complete, creating 700 construction and 100 permanent jobs.

Environmental concerns

ING Managing Director Siep Hoeksma said: "We have received strong support for our proposals from the local community and special interest groups, which we have consulted with over the last two years.

"It is therefore very rewarding to now reach the milestone of the formal endorsement of the plans by the council."

The council said a wide range of conditions, on issues like ecology, flooding and land contamination would be set.

Scottish Water and the RSPB have objected to the development, while the Health and Safety Executive has advised against the proposals.

Environmental agency Scottish Natural Heritage said it would oppose the project unless its concerns were addressed.

The development has received financial backing from the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and BP for the restoration of the dock.


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