The site and the building of the proposed West Sands Visitor Centre
in St Andrews are not acceptable from several perspectives.
It is in the recently designated Green Belt, which should
not be built on for the next twenty years, and conflicts with Policy
E17 in the adopted Local Plan.
It is in an area of great natural beauty close to the West
Sands and the sea.
The building of five 48-foot high wind turbines and a
possible biomass plant beside the centre as originally proposed is totally inappropriate in
this sensitive area. (I note that, according to this morning’s St
Andrews Citizen, this part of the proposed development has now been
The proposed development will be very visible
from the Links and from many hotels which look over this area to St
Andrews Bay. Such development is not compatible not only with
the preservation of the unique landscape from the environmental
point of view, but also from the preservation of beautiful views
from the tourist perspective. St Andrews depends on the
tourist industry to a very great extent and blighting such a lovely
area is unnecessary.
A two-storey building will have a disproportionate impact on
There have been several objections to this proposal, not least from
Harbours, Flood and Coasts and from the Council’s Urban Design
department, which refers to the ‘visual clutter’ of the turbines.
It is hoped that their concerns will be addressed in detail and that
any supplementary information will be made available to the public.
Finally, I believe that there is a requirement for an Environmental
Impact Assessment given the location in the Green Belt and the
sensitivity of the area. Such is not to date part of the planning
Sandra Thomson, on behalf of the St Andrews Environmental Protection