Madras College Kilrymont Campus.
Madras College Kilrymont Campus.

A replacement Madras College should be built at the school’s Kilrymont site rather than erecting a completely new school at Pipeland Farm – or elsewhere in St Andrews.

That is the recommendation of councillors in north east Fife who, on Wednesday, considered a range of options to locate the school on a single site as part of a £40 million project.

Development proposals for the St Andrews school were debated over four hours at a meeting of north east Fife area committee in Cupar.

Before the committee was a report which detailed 13 options for a replacement Madras, with councillors being asked to consider which proposals they wanted to put before the council’s Executive Committee early next month.

Most of the discussions centred on the existing Kilrymont building along with possible sites at Pipeland Farm, Station Park and Petheram Bridge car park.

Also under consideration were the existing South Street site, North Haugh, Langlands, the university playing fields, Craigtoun Road, Strathkinness High Road, Strathtyrum Estate and Craigtoun Park.

A council report indicated that a remodelled and new build of Kilrymont would not present any major planning issues, although decant accommodation would have to be provided at the South Street buildings for about two years and there were potential planning problems with that.

Pipeland Farm site was not owned by the council, although the owner (the Muir Group) was willing to discuss terms.

The school and playing fields could be accommodated on the site, there was no need for a decant, but the site was designated as a green belt in the local plan.

Station Park was owned by the council. A school and playing fields could fit on the site and no decant would be needed. There were, however, “significant” planning issues.

Councillors were told that Petheram Bridge car park - in council ownership - could accommodate a school, but space was very restricted,

Separate motions by the SNP and Liberal Democrat groups which were broadly similar in support of the Kilrymont development, were formed into a single motion “to provide the quickest and most secure option for the building of a new school.”

Councillor Bryan Poole, executive spokesman for education, moved against the motion, saying Madras deserved a new school and claimed Kilrymont could be the worst of all the options.

The Kilrymont option was carried by 12 votes to three.