Legal action, which could delay the development of the new Madras College at Pipeland by years, has started in the Court of Session.
The newly formed company the St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Ltd (STEPAL) confirmed today (August 12) that it had lodged a judicial review to challenge the Fife Council’s decision-making process.
In a statement issued by the company secretary Sandra Thomson, STEPAL said it supported the proposal for a much needed new school, but: “believes the council’s decision-making process failed to pay proper regard to material planning considerations and unfairly excluded an alternative site, which provides a better solution for future pupils and will be infinitely less damaging to the environment.”
STEPAL had taken the unusual step of warning Fife Council of its plan to seek a judical review of the planning decision, but the council has pressed on with developing detailed plans for the new £40 million, 1400-plus pupil school.
STEPAL also acknowledged the high cost of such action, which could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, and said in the statement: “Through private donations STEPAL has already raised nearly one-third of the funds which it estimates will be needed for the process.
“It believes that the Pipeland Farm site has considerable inherent flaws and hopes that those who are opposed to the proposal - particularly those who have already objected to the planning application – will support this action and make a contribution to the costs.”
STEPAL was set up by former Madras rector Lindsay Matheson and two former colleagues.