FIFE Council are to fork out £1.5 million on an access road near Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Dunfermline after planning was approved.

It is linked to the City Region Deal and the creation of a new business park at Fife Interchange as part of a near £50 million investment boost to the local economy.

Work will be carried out on land to the north of the Amazon warehouse, off Sandpiper Drive and adjacent to the M90.

Fife Council will provide the access road – beginning east of Sandpiper Drive – as well as drainage and utilities.

The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment Programme will be delivered in three phases with business units and offices created.

The City Region Deal-funded facilities, including at Fife Interchange, will be a new asset for enterprises, start-ups and businesses looking to grow.

A Fife Council spokesperson said: “The site servicing works at Fife Interchange will facilitate future proposed projects under this programme that will construct modern business premises to be offered for lease as well as creating fully serviced plots which will be available for sale to companies wishing to construct business premises for their own occupation.”

The Press previously reported that a proposal of application notice had been submitted by Almond Real Estate Company, who are looking to build 190,000 square feet of class 4, 5 and 6 industrial units on the Axis Point site at Sandpiper Drive (below), which is across the road from the proposed council site.

Representatives met with locals and the Save the Calais Woods Wildlife group at a recent public meeting to discuss the plans.

The campaigners believe the proposals would be “a real threat” to wildlife and expressed fears that an ancient right of way would be lost should plans go ahead.