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Masterplan approved for major expansion of St Andrews

Words: Roger Milne
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Fife Council has ratified the masterplan for a significant expansion of the historic university town of St Andrews with hundreds of new homes, land for university and employment use, a care home, a secondary school, a hotel and a local centre with shops.

The 90 hectares of farmland involved has already been identified as part of a strategic development area allocated in both the local development plan and the sub-regional Tayplan.

Overall, some 1,470 new houses and flats are due to be provided in the SDA, which will be developed in phases over the next 20 years.

A total of 370 homes were approved last year. This week the council approved planning in principle for a further 900 – 30 per cent of which would be affordable.

Planning officers said the submitted development framework “proposed a development which would have a strong relationship with the existing settlement and would create a strong sense of place. A high-quality development is proposed within individual character areas and a high degree of landscaping and open space”.

Officials accepted that there would be a detrimental impact in terms of landscape and visual amenity but insisted that this was reasonable given the scale of the proposals outlined by the developer, the St Andrews West LLP consortium.

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