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Golf application report heavily criticised
The Courier, 26 June 1999
The conclusions of a report by two top Fife planning
officials on the major go and leisure applications facing St Andrews have been
criticised by a leading councillor and by local conservationists.
Yesterday St Andrews West and Strathkinness member Frances
Melville said that it had been a foregone conclusion that reports
would recommend the go-ahead for a £50 million project at
Mrs Melville also said that head of planning David Rae had
been highly selective - particularly in reference to coastal planning issues
and the views of national conservation bodies - in an overview he has prepared
for members of the strategic development committee.
She found immediate backing from St Andrews Preservation
Trust chairman Dorothea Morrison, who described the overview as a
whitewash and added that her body had lost all trust in Fife
The latest comments come as the time for final decisions on
major plans for Kingask, Feddinch and Scooniehill draws nearer.
Next week North East Fife councillors will be asked for a
view on the applications, but the final decision has been taken controversially
away from the local arena and passed into the hands of the central strategic
The Kingask plans envisage a 208-bedroom hotel,
400-person conference facility, 40 ancillary hotel units in five buildings,
leisure facilities, two golf courses and a clubhouse.
Conservation bodies have expressed concern over the
landscape impact and effect of extra traffic on the town.
Papers to come before next weeks meeting of the area
development committee highlight the view of Mr Rae, and east area manager Jim
Birrell, that positive support could not be given to Scooniehill or Feddinch
but that support for Kingask would be possible.
There would, however, have to be an extensive and rigorous
series of planning conditions, an effective and enforceable green travel
plan and improvements made by the developers to the road network.
Mrs Melville said, It appears that the
well-articulated objections put forward at the packed departure hearings have
been dismissed out of hand along with the unanimity of major national
Support from council departments and Fife Enterprise
are trotted out along with comments from the tourist board which supports such
a development in principle.
Mrs Morrison said that the preservation trust now had no
faith in the ability of the council to deal with the Kingask issue
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