A FORMER open-cast coal mine in the Wee County could become a major staycation and leisure destination if plans come to fruition.

Outline plans for the development at Meadowhill, located near Forestmill, will undergo consultation later this month.

An equestrian, tourism, recreational, forestry and residential development is being explored at the site by George Russell (Construction) Ltd, which lodged a proposal of application notice (PAN) in September.

As part of the process the company indicated it is looking to host an "online consultation room" for interested residents in Clacks.

This will be made accessible from Monday, October 25, until November 1, with an opportunity to comment, raise issues, post notes and ask questions.

The proposals are looking to promote a mixed use "eco-parc concept" at the former open-cast coal mining site and would create a "gateway destination for Clackmannan".

Eco-parcs, or ecological parks, are understood to be large connected landscapes with nature conversation ambitions.

The outline proposals said: "The site, damaged by mineral extraction has, by virtue of its scale and location, the potential to become a major 'staycation tourism leisure destination' combining active sport, leisure and recreational activities together with holiday and residential accommodation.

"A range of concepts, options and ideas are being explored.

"The proposals would create a 'gateway destination for Clackmannan' anchored around a portfolio of tourism and recreational assets connected into the Central Scotland Green Network.

"The proposals are seeking to develop in parallel a masterplan and the investment business case and prospectus.

"The site would be dominated by a framework of forestry and woodland planting, supporting a mixed-use development, building on the assets of the site and its countryside setting."

The proposals would regenerate the former open-cast coal mine while creating a gateway destination - Images via Google Maps/Street View

The proposals would regenerate the former open-cast coal mine while creating a "gateway destination" - Images via Google Maps/Street View

Due to its scale, aspect and underlying geology, the site provides scope for the generation of renewable energy.

The northern or north-western side of the site could host an area dedicated to equestrian uses, potentially including a centre along with grazing and stabling.

A range of tourist and leisure accommodation is also being considered, including caravan pitches, self-catering stays, glamping and camping as well as huts.

Forestry and woodland plantation would create the structure and setting for recreation, which could also include fishing and water-sports as well as walking, hiking and cycling.

Residential development to support the site's restoration and facilitate the proposed uses would be required too.

Public consultation is being arranged by agents Ironside Farrar and will be available via ironsidefarrar.com/meadowhill/event.html closer to the time, it is understood.

The notice is available under 21/00186/PAN at Clackmannanshire Council.