Gatty Marine Laboratory, Woodburn Place St
Andrews Fife KY16 8LB.
STEPAL is a registered charity concerned
with the protection of the environment of St Andrews and surrounding
While welcoming the general principle to extend and develop the
Marine Laboratory to modern standards, we consider there are
shortcomings in the way the application has been produced, which
means that, for the present, we must object to the proposal.
A major omission is the failure of the application to meet the
requirements of the approved policy document, the East Sands Urban
Design Framework, which requires a master plan for the whole area.
As most of the surrounding area is in the ownership of the
University, there should be no problems in taking the required
This issue is particularly relevant to traffic movement. The
inevitable consequence of this development would be to intensify use
of the site with consequent increase in traffic and the production
of parking problems in the very limited sea front leisure area.
The separation of business and leisure traffic and an enhancement to
safety for adults and children should be a prime objective in the
plans for this site, but this is notably absent. If the required
master-planning approach was taken, opportunities would arise for a
dedicated access and car parking solution to emerge by utilising
part of Albany Park, for this purpose. It would allow the
development to meet the requirements of Scottish Government and Fife
Council transport policies, which the present proposal seriously
Locating a major building so near to the beach would represent a
breach of the Urban Design Framework principles, including those to
do with lack of privacy for bathers. These issues need to be given
more attention than they are presently in the applicant’s documents.
The only viable solution for these issues would be for the current
application to be withdrawn and a new application submitted which
responds to the issues we have identified
Secretary, The St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Ltd.
St Andrews 13 February 2016