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Heritage Society object to Kingask golf proposals

The Citizen, 30 October 1998

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland have submitted a formal objection to plans to build two golf courses and a hotel at Kingask, which they have described as being of “monstrous” proportions.

In a five-page letter to Jim Birrell, Area Planning Manager, Glen L Pride, Secretary of the Tayside and East Fife group of the Society, discussed the economic, traffic and visual impact of the development.

Describing a report on the proposals, submitted by the developers, as being “an exercise in self-aggrandizement with an emphasis on success”, Mr Pride was scathing of many of the elements of the plans.

“As far as the buildings are concerned, the applicants, laudably (but to a large extent vainly), have adopted a traditional Scottish country estate theme and claim to have used a ‘Scottish Arts and Crafts’ style as their mode, with special reference to Lorimer," said Mr Pride.

“Unfortunately, Sir Robert Lorimer never designed a five-storey, 240-bedroom hotel and certainly would not have used fibre cement slates, reconstituted stone, smooth cement render and PPC aluminium windows.”

Discussing the traffic impact should the development go ahead, Mr Pride disputed that it would have no “ill-effect” on the traffic problem of St Andrews.

“One does not need to be a traffic engineer to envisage the mounting chaos, in the height of the season“ he said.

“There is also the scenario, at a later date, when a major golf event may be held at Kingask, thereby attracting golf fans from the rest of Scotland - virtually the only route to Kingask is through St Andrews.

“It is the Society’s belief that the applicants have no basic desire to enhance and improve the present locality but simply to exploit the name of St Andrews using golf courses to create an enormous hotel and leisure centre.”

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