The ST Andrews Environmental Protection Association Limited

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

Kinkell Caravan Park

STEPAL response to Planning Application: 16/02698/FULL


16/02698/FULL - CHANGE OF USE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND TO FORM EXTENSION TO CARAVAN PARK TO ACCOMMODATE 43 STATIC PITCHES FOR HOLIDAY USE AND ASSOCIATED VEHICULAR ACCESS AND DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE - ST ANDREWS HOLIDAY PARK, ANSTRUTHER ROAD, ST ANDREWS, FIFE, KY16 8PX.


STEPAL (the St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Ltd) objects to this application on the grounds that it is contrary to numerous adopted local plan policies and, if approved, would have seriously adverse visual and environmental effects. Principally, it is contrary to the overall strategy of the local plan and the specific policy designed to protect the Green Belt of St. Andrews. No matter how this site was developed, as it is on an important tourist gateway to St Andrews, it would represent a significant intrusion into the natural landscape and the important first view of the historic burgh of St Andrews, regarded by HES as the most important small historic burgh in Scotland.

The Green Belt Policy E17 lists the locations where developments which do not conform to permitted uses in the Green belt may be permitted. The St Andrews Holiday Park is not a specified exception within Policy E17 and therefore if the proposed development was permitted, it would set a very unfortunate precedent making it difficult to resist any similar future proposals. The planning service will already be aware of pressures for inappropriate development in the Green Belt since its establishment in 2012 and other pressures in the pipeline.

Additional protective policies which affect this proposed development are Policy E 18, Protection of Prime Quality Agricultural Land, Policy E 19 Local Landscape Areas and Policy E27, The (undeveloped) Coast. This proposal is significantly contrary to all these policies, adding additional emphasis to the conclusion that it should be refused.

There is nothing in the material submitted by the applicant which would support a view that there are mitigating factors or material circumstances meriting the wholesale disregard of these important environmental policies. Neither is there anything in Scottish Planning Policy nor in Tayplan policies or strategies which would support this proposed development. We note that the applicants visual impact assessment is not available on the planning website at the time of writing, but it is self evident that whatever its findings, it is clear that it cannot assess that the proposed caravan park development would enhance the landscape, and as a result it would be irrelevant to the decision to be made on this application.

Accordingly, STEPAL considers that there is overwhelming evidence to support a recommendation that this application should be refused, and concludes that this would be the appropriate disposal.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Thomson, Secretary, STEPAL.


15 September 2016


 


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