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
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.
Sandra Thomson, Secretary, STEPAL.
15 September 2016