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£11m Fife golf course approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Fife Council’s North East Fife planning committee has approved Dunbarnie Golf Link Limited’s application for an 18-hole pay-as-you-go golf course near Lower Largo.

The application site is roughly 165 hectares in size and is located 1.4km south east of Upper Largo and Lower Largo, 1.8km south west of Colinsburgh and 2.5km west Kilconquhar.

This is north of the international and national conservation designated Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SPA), a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Dumbarnie Links Nature Reserve Scottish Wildlife Trust Site.

The site is a mix of arable crop, unmown grassland and semi-improved farm/grassland with some woodland.

The development consists of the 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse and ancillary buildings. It is estimated that there will be 25,000 and 28,000 visitors annually by the seventh year of operation, and that the course could create 30 full-time jobs and 10 part-time jobs during busy periods.

Planning officer Chris Smith’s report recommends the golf course for approval, subject to a number of conditions, including that there be a pay-as-you-play element, and that it be closed for play between 15 November and 15 March to allow the planning authority to “exercise proper control over the nature and level of activity undertaken on site and thus protect the ecological and habitat interests of over wintering ornithological interests”.

In his conclusion, Smith said the course would respect the landscape and visual character of the area, while the building designs, scales, locations and external finishes would respect the local environment and would be typical of other buildings in the East Neuk.  

He states that although the golf course would result in an increase in vehicle movements, the changes “are not considered to be significant enough to merit a refusal”.  

“Indeed, the road infrastructure is deemed acceptable and there is considered to be spare capacity for these additional movements not to compromise road safety provided that the recommended conditions are imposed.”

The planning officers report and letter of approval can be found on Fife Council’s website.

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