Decision delayed on Scores Hotel plans

A DECISION on whether to grant planning permission for a large- scale extension to a well-known St Andrews hotel has been delayed temporarily after developers added further parking spaces to their plans.

The application for the Scores Hotel, recommended for approval, was due to be considered at a meeting of the north east Fife area committee.

But in the last few weeks additional parking spaces to the rear of the hotel were proposed and - with the public notification period for that amendment yet to expire - councillors decided to wait until they could consider all the elements of the application at the same time.

The extension proposed is a four-storey, stone built building located behind the current hotel with a new traditional stone built front facing out onto the Scores.

TRADITIONAL

A traditional, bay-windowed three storey extension would link the two buildings.

Despite being located between Grade C listed buildings on Gillespie Terrace and the B listed Hamilton Hall, the Scores Hotel itself is unlisted.

Part of the owners’ flat on the first floor would be demolished and some trees would need to be removed but would be replaced within the remaining garden area.

The hotel is targeting additional business from dining, weddings and conferences with the new facility.

Supporting the application, reports highlighting a lack of four-star hotel facilities in the town.

An objection was submitted by the Old Course Hotel on the grounds that the Scores extension would impact on the views from five apartments in Hamilton Hall, which would also experience a loss of privacy.

However, those concerns were not considered to be a material planning consideration.

The R and A also objected to the extension, claiming its appearance would be inappropriate for the conservation area and would have a detrimental impact on traffic and parking.

OBJECTION

Their objection also claimed the new building “destroys the natural environment of the landscaped area at the heart of this part of St Andrews.”

Recommending approval, the council report said the hotel extension “does not have an adverse impact on it surroundings or the viability of the town centre; is accessible to the public transport network and does not have an adverse impact upon the road network.”

The only condition proposed by the council was for a legal agreement to be drawn up to ensure the provision of an off site, valet operated, car park for 20 vehicles.

The application will now be considered once the public notification period on the new parking arrangements has expired.