LUXURY log cabins could be created as part of plans to develop Prestonhill Quarry.

Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay councillor David Barratt met developers DDR (UK) Ltd this week to find out more about the proposals for the Inverkeithing site.

As reported in the Press last week, a request for Screening Opinion application – which aims to see if a development should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment – for a mixed use development has been submitted to Fife Council’s planning department.

The submission said the proposals would include approximately 180 residential units, holiday accommodation chalets, associated access, open space, landscaping and infrastructure at the site.

Cllr Barratt said the proposals are currently for 135 private properties and a further 45 with Kingdom Housing while chalet accommodation is being looked at for the upper east side of the site at the end of Letham Hill Woods.

It is understood that these luxury log cabins could be linked to the addition of recreational or community facilities in the woods.

“I met with the prospective developer of Prestonhill Quarry to understand what direction proposals were going in and to highlight areas of concern for the local community," said Cllr Barratt.

"I emphasised first and foremost the need to make the site safe but also the legitimate concerns around access and transportation, the need to protect and enhance the coastal path, the potential impact on the natural environment, the need to work with the residents in Preston Terrace and the wider community and the need to protect and enhance access to open space.

"I welcome the willingness of the applicant to engage in this way and hope that, along with discussion with the community, proposals can be shaped by local views prior to submission of a planning application.

“I do have reservations about the number of units but I’m encouraged by other aspects. I look forward to seeing more detail and approach it with an open mind.

“The idea of making greater use of Letham Hill Woods is an interesting one and sounds like it has the potential to be something very positive for the area. Improved woodland walks? A high-wire course? Zip-wire? Mountain biking? A lot is possible here.”