St Andrews Bay Development (Kingask)
Issues raised during turbulent planning phase
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Golf scheme developers call for inquiry
The Courier, 4 May 1999
Developers behind the controversial £50 million golf,
hotel and leisure project at Kingask, near St Andrews, have asked the
Scottish Office to hold a public inquiry before the matter is finally
The request has been made as part of the appeal lodged by
St Andrews Bay Development Ltd against Fife Councils rejection of
proposals for a coastal site just to the west of the town.
Councillors narrowly rejected the proposals - in the
process ignoring the recommendation of their planning officials - after strong
concern was expressed about the size and scale of the project, the potential
traffic implications for the already congested St Andrews town centre, and the
impact on an area of great landscape value.
The refusal of consent was followed by a period of sniping
among councillors. There was also outrage in North East Fife when a leading
administration member asked if the vote for rejection of the scheme had been
pre-arranged by members of the committee.
Although St Andrews Bay Development Ltd have subsequently
submitted a further, more detailed application for the site, they have also
lodged an appeal with the Scottish Office.
In their grounds of appeal, the applicants said it was a
matter of considerable concern to them that the committee chairman had insisted
that planning permission was limited to a hotel not exceeding 50 bedrooms. Some
consultees had also responded similarly, said the appellants.
It has also been claimed that the development does not
conflict with the statutory approved development plan, and that the development
details which had been considered by the planning committee had the support of
officials and had arisen from a process of lengthy discussion and
The appellants have also refused to accept that there will
be a detrimental impact on the area of great landscape value, stating that the
development has been carefully designed, and is in fact the optimum
The claimed effect on the landscape setting of St Andrews
has also been disputed.
On traffic, the developers have claimed that there would
not be the adverse effects stated, and also that the refusal on traffic grounds
was contrary to the recommendation from technical officers of the council.
No date has yet been set for the planning appeal, and the
situation is complicated by the further and more detailed Kingask
application currently with Fife Council.
This is be decided along with two other applications for
land at Feddinch and Scooniehill at a special meeting of Fife Councils
strategic development committee. This meeting will be arranged once the
authority has completed a 'strategic overview' on golf courses and associated
developments, and has completed the consultations on all three
applications. more Planning Phase
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