New national plan will bring benefits to Falkirk East Constituency
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:20
Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed the announcement today of a new national plan which proposes 14 infrastructure developments across Scotland to deliver economic growth.
Planning Minister Derek Mackay announced the proposal for a National Planning Framework (NPF3) setting out a sustainable vision of growth and development and includes two new national developments.
Following public consultation, the two proposed new developments are:
1. Pumped Hydroelectric Storage - including at Cruachan Argyll, a nationally important hydroelectricity facility with significant potential for enhanced pumped storage capacity.
2. A Digital Fibre Network - this focuses on plans for a fibre network to connect our most remote rural communities, many of which are in the Highlands and Islands.
When finalised, NPF3 will provide the context for development plans throughout the country. It will now be considered for 60 days by the Scottish Parliament.
Mr MacDonald said:
“I am delighted to see that the Grangemouth Investment Zone is included in the new plan. This is most welcome as the economic potential in the area is substantial. It has one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing industry of any area in Scotland with strengths in chemicals, engineering and related sectors such as distribution.
“The National Digital Fibre Network is also important for Falkirk East constituency as it will benefit the Braes area in particular as part of the Scottish Governments aim to become a world class digital nation by 2020.”