R&A Clubhouse plans opposed

Proposals by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to carry out internal and external alterations to its clubhouse in St Andrews have met with a frosty reception.

Officials at the club, which overlooks the first tee of the world-famous Old Course, are seeking listed building consent from Fife Council planners for a project including the installation of replacement windows and doors, replacement stonework and the removal of pillars.

The contract would centre on the ground floor of the building, including the windows of the North Room and also the library in the members’ clubhouse.

However, St Andrews Community Council is opposed to the planning application in its current form.

A spokesman said: ‘‘While we do not object to the modifications in principle, we believe that the new windows and doors proposed by the R&A are not in keeping with the existing building.

“Where full height - six to eight feet tall - windows and doors have been proposed by the R&A, the community council planning committee requests that these should include the appropriate astragals that are similar to those on the other windows of the building in order to make the finish consistent.”

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland is also opposed and point out the replacement glazing bars are thicker than the originals and therefore more obvious, in spite of the declared intention to replace like with like.

Meanwhile, St Andrews Preservation Trust has voiced concern about the way the fire doors would be created, and lengthening of the side windows.

The trust said it would be preferable if the side windows are left at their present height, with stone wall below them, and the doors would have a horizontal astragal as on the side of the bay window of the Big Room.