Have your say on local plan to develop St Andrews

The plan outlines Fife Council's vision for the development of the historic South Street campus.
The plan outlines Fife Council's vision for the development of the historic South Street campus.
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The proposed plan for the development of St Andrews and other areas in north east Fife over the next decade is out now for final consultation.

FIFEplan, as it is called, is replacing Fife’s three existing Local Plans, which were all adopted in 2012.

The consultation period on the proposed plan started on Monday and will continue for six weeks until Monday, December 8.

Drop-in events are being held throughout the region, with north east Fife’s taking place at the Corn Exchange, Cupar, next Thursday, November 6.

The plan sets out the strategy, policies and proposals for the development of land across Fife.

In St Andrews, existing developments are highlighted, as are those which have proposed changes since the Local Plan was adopted in 2012.

These include designating part of the Madras Kilrymont site as an area for development opportunity once a new single-site school has been built elsewhere, with Pipeland stated as having planning permission in principle.

Again, for when a new Madras College is built, the plan outlines Fife Council’s vision for the development of the historic South Street campus.

The site is designated as being suitable for a mix of uses, including hotels, residential institutions, housing, non-residential uses and assembly and leisure.

The plan states that the Council would promote an international design competition for the redevelopment of the site.

For a site at Grange Road, currently designated for housing, the new FIFEplan outlines a proposal for a University Village concept, with accommodation for students and tied housing for researchers and university staff. Around 50 homes are envisaged on the site

FIFEplan is set to be adopted in 2016 when, together with the TAYplan and SESplan strategic development plans, it would become the statutory Development Plan for Fife.

As well as attending the drop-in event, local people have several ways to access information about the proposed plan and to make comments.

The Council’s Fife Direct website has full details of all sections of the proposed plan, along with an interactive map.

For more information see www.fifedirect.org.uk/fifeplan. Alternatively, you can call 03451 551122 or email fife.devplan@fife.gov.uk.

There is also a Local Development Plan Exchange which provides an opportunity for informal comments to be made, although it is not a decision-making group. If you are interested in the LDP Exchange, you can register at www.fifedirect.org.uk/registerldpexchange.