MEMBERS of the public have two weeks to have their say on what should go next to the £180 million education campus at Halbeath.

There are already plans for a new Fife College, for up to 6,000 students, and replacement high schools for St Columba's and Woodmill on the Shepherd Offshore site in east Dunfermline.

And there are proposals for "additional uses such as a care home, nursery, assisted living apartments, family pub, petrol station, coffee shop, offices, education and housing".

Shepherd Offshore have drawn up a new blueprint for the rest of the land and the public can view it and give feedback in an online consultation, due to COVID-19, until May 28.

All going well, the Newcastle-based company aim to apply for planning permission in principle in June – there will be further opportunities for people to comment – and are hopeful of a positive decision from Fife Council in August.

Explaining the change, they said: "Despite an extensive marketing exercise, there have been no approaches for employment, hotel or retail uses on site to date and therefore the site remains vacant and undeveloped. In order to bring forward development on site, a new masterplan with updated uses is therefore required. This will reflect commercial interest at the site to date."

A previous public consultation held in February outlined proposals for the "additional uses" but more than half of those who attended said they were not in favour.

Shepherd Offshore said they had taken note of the feedback and made changes as a result.

The company said: "The updated masterplan includes specific areas of open space, wildlife corridors and links between the existing open spaces of Calais Muir Wood and areas of woodland to the east and west. The large green corridor running north to south through the site will include a walking and cycling route.

"When a detailed application for the Dunfermline Learning Campus comes forward, this will also include large areas of open space and playing fields which increases the level of open space compared to what would have been provided under the existing approval for industrial uses on the site."

They said there would be a buffer between the new development and Calais Muir Woods, new systems to deal with drainage and flood risk, works vehicles will not go through existing residential areas and there will be three vehicle accesses to minimise the traffic impact on the road network.

The company added: "Commercial uses will benefit from frontage along Dunlin Drive and Sandpiper Way, creating attractive gateways into the site and also providing frontage to Calaiswood Crescent.

"These uses will provide amenities for local residents, employees, students and visitors and benefit from good access to bus stops and the existing off-road cycle and footpath along Dunlin Drive and Sandpiper Way."

The former Hyundai site is west of the M90 motorway and south of Dunlin Drive and Shepherd Offshore bought 40 hectares of it in 2010.

A masterplan for a mixed use development, for up to 450 homes, shops, offices, industrial units, warehouses, an hotel, education and a renewable energy plant was approved by the council and it's this they wish to update.

Bellway Homes and Persimmon Homes have already built 225 houses and the company gained local authority approval in March to change the order in which development could take place, bringing forward the building of 193 homes.

They said this would allow them to fund improvements and service land to enable plans for the college and schools to progress more quickly.

You can view the plans and comment here.