The future of a run-down town centre was in doubt this week after it emerged that plans to regenerate it may no longer be implemented.
Henry Boot Ltd, the developer appointed by Falkirk Council to rebuild the heart of Denny, has revealed that its original masterplan may no longer be viable.
The company has failed to attract a major food retailer willing to open a new store in the town, blaming the poor economic climate.
A new supermarket was described as the cornerstone of proposals to regenerate Denny.
Instead, Henry Boot intend to submit a “piecemeal” programme of development for approval.
The latest twist in the long-running regeneration saga was revealed in a letter from Councillor John McNally to members of Denny Community Council, which was read out at a meeting on Monday.
The Denny representative said he had received a call from the developers the previous week updating him on the situation.
Mr McNally added that he understood that Henry Boot was working to “finalise a new proposal” for the town’s regeneration, the details of which have yet to be revealed, but which did not include a new foodstore.
However The Falkirk Herald can reveal that Falkirk Council is no longer under any obligation to work with the developers, as the contract between the two parties has expired.
Henry Boot had until May 28 to submit a planning application to the council, after which either side could walk away without incurring a financial penalty.
Council leader Craig Martin said: “If Henry Boot do have other plans for the regeneration of Denny town centre they should bring them forward and present them to the council.
“As it is, they have not formally submitted anything to the council.
“I cannot comment on any discussions they may have had with another elected representative.”
Meanwhile, the demolition of Church Walk, the dilapidated commercial and residential block in Denny town centre, is progressing as planned.
Work to bring down ‘Block A’ in Duke Street is expected to begin next week.
Contractors from Central Demolition have been clearing the building in preparation.
Davies Row will be closed from six weeks from September 19 to allow the work to be carried out.