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Objectors buoyed by Historic Scotland letter
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 22 June 1999
The chairman of St Andrews Community Council has made a
fresh appeal for the Scottish Office to call-in the multi-million
pound golf and leisure developments proposed for Kingask, Feddinch and
Dr Frank Riddell said he believed the case for a public
inquiry had been enhanced and strengthened over the past few days
by the contents of a letter from Historic Scotland (HS) to Fife Council.
The letter dated June 14 appears to reinforce many of the
points made by St Andrews Community Council in its recent appeal for a
It warns such development could have a detrimental effect
upon the character, fabric and landscape setting of the town. It also suggests
the applications might be viewed as being of national and perhaps European
significance due to their potential impact on the unique setting of St
But Dr Riddell said it was also significant that the views
had been expressed by one of the Scottish Offices own inspectors, since
HS is a Government-sponsored agency tasked with protecting Scotlands
historic monuments, buildings and lands.
Dr Riddell has written a second letter to Scottish
Secretary John Reid emphasising again that the only fair way forward was for
all the issues to be explored at a full joint public inquiry.
In his letter to Fife Council, HS inspector John Lynn
points out the unparalleled historic significance" of St Andrews in
Scotland. He says it remains an identifiably medieval university town,
unique in Britain and rare in Europe.
On Kingask, Mr Lynn said it was crucial the
proposals are considered in relation to the effect on the outstanding landscape
He said a development of this scale would inevitably
increase traffic on local roads and in St Andrews which already suffers from
too many motor vehicles.
Mr Lynn also said approval of the proposals could lead to a
series of further applications for the area.
He adds, Whilst any one of these developments might
raise the profile of St Andrews as the home of golf, the accompanying pressure
upon the infrastructure of St Andrews and its hinterland and cumulative demand
for development of various kinds would in our opinion have a detrimental effect
upon the historic character and fabric of the town in its landscape
It also noted the developments would breach various local
and national planning policies, as well as the St Andrews Strategic Study.
The potential investment involved in applications for sites
at Kingask, Feddinch and Scooniehill is estimated at well over
Fife Council recently voted to take final decisions on the
proposals out of the hands of the East Area development committee after arguing
that there were strategic issues affecting Fife as a whole.
But Dr Riddell said the views of HS further underlined that
the only fair way was for all the issues to be explored in a full joint
Scottish Office public inquiry.
Support for a call-in has also come from North East Fife MP
Menzies Campbell and his Scottish Parliament counterpart lain Smith.
As things stand, the three applications will be considered
by Fife Councils East Area development committee in Cupar on June 29
before finally being decided at a special meeting of the centrally-based
strategic development committee on July 7.
However, pressure is mounting for this timetable to be
altered until the facts for each application are known. more Planning Phase
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