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'White elephant' Fife Hyundai factory sold

The factory site near Dunfermline
Image caption The factory was built to make semiconductors but never went into production

An unused "white elephant" factory in Fife which was once the flagship for a £3bn investment in electronics now faces demolition.

The former Hyundai factory beside the M90 near Dunfermline is being sold by its current owners Freescale to Tyneside firm Shepherd Offshore Group.

It intends to re-develop the 150 acre industrial site as a centre for the energy sector.

The huge factory has lain empty for 13 years since it was built.

It was built by Hyundai to make semi-conductors but the firm never moved into the building and it was sold to Motorola.

Motorola and subsequent owners Freescale, which had the building on the market for five years, also never used the site.

'No viable re-use'

Tony Martin, strategic chairman of Fife Council's environment enterprise and transportation committee, said: "This is great news for the people of Dunfermline and Fife.

"The new owners intend to consult widely in the local community before any planning application is lodged.

"This site has lain empty for too long, and I am sure that everyone in Dunfermline will welcome the announcement that at last the site is to be redeveloped.

"I understand that the new owner of the site has completed an evaluation of the existing buildings, and has concluded that there is no viable re-use for the main manufacturing facility as the internal structure prevents alternative uses.

"It is therefore proposed to demolish this part of the site, but the office block will be refurbished and made available for re-let, with the potential to create a substantial number of jobs".

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