St Andrews Bay Development (Kingask)
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Rural group questions golf complex firm's jobs
The Courier, 24 December 1998
Plans for a major golf and hotel development at
Kingask, near St Andrews, were criticised again yesterday-this time by
the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.
The Edinburgh-based organisation said it had welcomed the
30% reduction in size and scale of the development as revealed by the St
Andrews Bay Development Company last week.
The body - whose objection is among the 130-plus submitted
in response to the original plans - said, however, that it still remained
opposed in principle.
APRS director Joan Geddes said, "We retain the general view
that the effect on the landscape character will be adverse and the development
intrusive in a sensitive scenic area.
"We were alarmed to read in the landscape and visual
appraisal addendum report that the proposed clubhouse, while not part of this
application, will be "set on its own on the promontory'' and will create a
"distinctive landmark building.''
"The whole essence of our objection, and as we understand
it that of many other organisations, is the detrimental visual impact of the
proposal and this element further adds to our serious concern.''
Although primarily concerned with the environmental impact,
Mrs Geddes said the association had questioned the validity of the jobs figures
"Although we have not actually seen the economic impact
study, we have seen figures of 400-500 jobs at the construction phase and 300
permanent jobs in the hotel and other facilities quoted. How many of the
construction jobs can be guaranteed for local, unemployed people? Will local
contractors and sub-contractors be given priority in terms of building
contracts?'' she asked.
"As to the estimated 300 permanent jobs resulting from the
development, many of these are likely to be low-paid, seasonal and attractive
to overseas students rather than local unemployed target groups,'' she
To highlight the bodys concerns, Mrs Geddes has
written a further letter of objection to Fife Councils east area planning
managing Jim Birrell.
These on-going worries come just days after the
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland revealed that it remains firmly
opposed to the plans despite the modifications.
The amended proposals show alterations, including removal
of one storey from the hotel, resulting in a reduction in bedrooms from 240 to
208, and fewer manor houses-five instead of ten.
Yesterday The Courier reported that Scot Sam Torrance is
joining a team of golf stars to design two 18-hole courses at the
Working alongside American legend Gene Sarazen, Australian
Bruce Devlin with the possibility that Jack Nicklaus might get involved at a
future date, he has expressed excitement at the nature of the spectacular
clifftop setting. more Planning
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