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Developers hit back over heritage society claims
The Courier, 18 March 1999
The developers behind plans for a £50 million complex
at Kingask, near St Andrews, have totally rejected suggestions that they
are now bordering on desperation.
Last night St Andrews Bay Development Ltds operations
director, Iain MacKinnon, said the claim by the Architectural Heritage Society
of Scotland was spurious and pejorative.
Mr MacKinnon was responding to comments made by Glen Pride,
Tayside and Fife secretary of the society, in a renewed objection to the hotel,
conference, golf and leisure proposals.
Mr MacKinnon said the new, planning application for the
site included a number of substantial changes from the original design, each of
which was designed to address the concerns of the east area development
He claimed that Mr Pride had been wrong to suggest that the
new application failed to address the reasons for refusal put forward by the
It was expressly at the behest of the committee, said Mr
MacKinnon, that permission was now being sought for the full development rather
than a phased application.
In this way, he added, the committee and the public as a
whole had the opportunity to study the development plans in their entirety.
Mr MacKinnon said the hotel application had been moved
inland and the movement of the spa to the steadings site was due entirely to
the committees wish to see a greater proportion of build development in
He said the spa was not, as had been implied, bigger than
before but was in fact smaller.
He also said it was both incorrect and mischievous of Mr
Pride to claim the result was a massive complex even bigger than the hotel. The
truth was that the footprint of the steadings/spa site was 25% smaller than
that of the hotel complex.
Turning to comments made about the clubhouse, Mr MacKinnon
said that this was essentially a single-storey building with basement
accommodation and with provision for office suites in the roof space.
The claim that the top storey incorporated luxury flats
with balconies was entirely wrong.
As to the proposed travel management scheme, Mr Pride
is correct in suggesting that not all visitors would be prepared To be
regimented into dedicated corporate transport and indeed St Andrews Bay
has never made such a claim, he continued.
What we can confirm is that such a travel management
scheme operates very successfully for the large majority of our guests in other
establishments and that the logistics of it have been embraced by Fife Council
transportation service, who can clearly see its benefits.
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