The ST Andrews Environmental Protection Association Limited


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Updates have been added to reflect decisions made on several projects early in 2017 including the TAYplan, Priory Gardens and the Gatty.

Communications regarding the proposals for the Western Extension of St Andrews
have been added.

The Association has been set up with the aim of protecting the environment of St Andrews and North East Fife.

Since its inception in 2014 the Association has taken action in the following projects:

1.
P
ipeland

Click here for a summary about Pipeland

 

2.
West Sands

Click here for a summary about
West Sands

 

3.
FIFEplan

Click here for a summary about
FIFEplan

 

4.
TayPlan

Click here for a summary about TayPlan

 

5.
Feddinch

Click here for a summary about Feddinch

 

6.
New Park School Playing Fields

Click here for a summary about
New Park

 

7.
Scottish Government Review of Planning
 

8.
Gatty Marine Laboratory
 

9.
Kinkell Caravan Park

Click here for a summary
about the Planning Review

Click here for a summary about
the Gatty

Click here for a summary about
Kinkell Caravan Park

10.
West Port Bar

 

11.
Western Extension

 

12.
Scottish Government consultation on the future of Scottish Planning
 

Click here for a summary
about West Port Bar

Click here for a summary
about Western Extension

Click here for a summary
about the planning consultation

 

 

Reports on the Public Meetings organised by STEPAL can be found here

Original submissions by the NewMadras group have been archived here

 

Summaries and progress reports.


1. Pipeland

August 2014

A Petition for a Judicial Review was lodged in the Court of Session in Edinburgh of Fife Council's decision to grant Planning Permission in Principle to build a new school at Pipeland Farm.
This proposal was recommended for refusal by North East Fife Planning Committee.  This recommendation was rejected by the full Fife Council.
The proposal is significantly contrary to Fife Council's own development plan and requires building on recently established Green Belt.
The Association supports the building of a new school. However, it has serious concerns about the environmental impact of building the new school at Pipeland Farm.

UPDATE 20 March 2015

Lord Doherty repels the petition.    Further information here.
 



UPDATE 18 June 2015 Lord Drummond Young grants STEPAL's motion limiting its liability for Fife Council's and Hermiston Securities' costs in the event of an unsuccessful outcome.  Further information here.
 
UPDATE 18 March 2016 Lord Malcolm, Lady Clark of Calton and Lord Drummond Young find in favour
of the reclaiming motion by STEPAL. Further information can be viewed here.
 

Click here for more information about Pipeland

 


2. West Sands

September 2014

An objection was lodged to the proposal for a visitor centre at the West Sands, St Andrews.
The proposal was in recently designated Green Belt, in an area of great natural beauty.  It would be highly visible from many parts of the town and have a detrimental effect on the visual environment.
The proposed building would have a disproportionate impact on the area.

UPDATE 19 February 2015 Dismissal of the appeal to the Scottish Government by the applicant against the refusal by Fife Council to grant planning permission.
 

Click here for more information about West Sands

 


3. FIFEplan

December 2014

Comment was made on Fife Council's proposals for the FIFEplan, particularly in relation to housing, the future roll of Madras College and the future uses of the South Street and Kilrymont Road sites.

May 2016

An Initial Response and a second response were made to the proposed changes.

UPDATE November 2016 The report by DPEA is published. 

The results for items STA 004 (Madras College Kilrymont), STA 005 (Madras College South Street) and STA 013 (Pipeland Farm) were in line with the comments submitted by STEPAL.
 

Click here for more information about FIFEplan

 


4. TayPlan

July 2015

Comment was made on the proposed Tayplan. Being a relatively new organisation, STEPAL has not been able to comment at previous stages of the TayPlan.

UPDATE 8 March 2017 The results of the examination of the issues raised in the TAYplan proposals are announced and the report is submitted to Scottish Ministers.
 

Click here for more information about TayPlan

 


5. Feddinch

August 2015

An objection was lodged to two applications modifying the planning conditions for the developments at Feddinch.

March 2016

An objection was lodged to the Full Planning Application for a golf club and additional services.

UPDATE 18 April 2016 Fife Council Deemed the application to be refused. In the interests of protecting the wider landscape and agricultural character of this steading grouping within this countryside and Green Belt location to the south of St Andrews. At the present time there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that the incomplete golf course adjacent to the site will progress to a playable condition and therefore there is no justification for a new club house facility, with letting rooms and associated bars and restaurants. Commencement of a development at this location without sufficient justification would result in the introduction of a significant building replacing a traditional vernacular steading grouping that would not comply with the terms of the Scottish Planning Policy 2014; policies E15 and E17 of the Adopted St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan 2012 and Policies 1, 7 and 9 of the Proposed FIFEplan (Local Development Plan) 2014.
 

Click here for more information about Feddinch

 


6. New Park School Playing Fields

September 2015

Objection was made to an application for Planning Permission in Principle for residential dwellings, open space and associated works at the former playing fields of New Park School, Priory Gardens, St Andrews.

UPDATE 16 May 2016 Fife Council refuses the application as contrary to the Adopted St Andrews and East Fife Local Plan 2012 as Protected Open Space and also contrary to Policy 13 of the Proposed FIFEplan due to the avoidable loss of identified Green Network and Greenspaces as existing natural environment assets.
 
UPDATE 9 September 2016 Additional Response from STEPAL following the developer's appeal to DPEA following the refusal by Fife Council.
 
UPDATE 6 October 2016 A third submission was made by STEPAL in response to a further representation by the applicant.
 
UPDATE 3 February 2017 The appeal by the applicant was dismissed.
 

Click here for more information about New Park

 


7. Scottish Government Review of Planning

November 2015

A response was made to the Scottish Government's Review of Planning 2015.
 

Click here for more information about the Planning Review


8. Gatty Marine Laboratory

February 2016

An objection was submitted to the proposed plans.

UPDATE 4 April 2017 Fife Council approves permission for the Erection of University buildings (including partial demolition of existing) and associated works.
 

Click here for more information about the Gatty


9. Kinkell Caravan Park

September 2016

An objection was submitted to the proposed plans for change of use of agricultural land to form extension to caravan park.
 

Click here for more information about Kinkell Caravan Park


10. West Port Bar

October 2016

An objection was submitted to the proposed change of use of garden ground, alterations to and re-positioning of covered outdoor dining area with retractable roof, internal alterations to internal bar.

UPDATE 1 June 2017 An objection was submitted to the follow-up planning application where the location of the proposed extension was changed.

Click here for more information about West Port Bar


11. Western Extension

February 2017

Stepal responded to a request to comment on the proposals for the St Andrews West Development

UPDATE 22 March 2017 Comment was made on the St Andrews West Consultation.
 
UPDATE 19 June 2017
 
Comments following the second consultation meeting held in May 2017.
UPDATE 11 October 2017 Response to the third St Andrew West Consultation
 
UPDATE 17 December 2017 Response to Planning Application

Click here for more information about Western Extension


12. Scottish Government consultation on the future of planning

April 2017

Stepal submitted a response to this consultation.
 

Click here for more information about the planning consultation

 

Contact Details:

Association Chairman
 
chair@stepal.org
 
Association Secretary
 
secretary@stepal.org
 
Association Treasurer
 
funds@stepal.org

Company Registration SC479234 (Scotland)
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