New-look proposal to alter Craw’s Nest

An artist's image of the new-look development at the Craw's Nest Hotel.
An artist's image of the new-look development at the Craw's Nest Hotel.

Fife Council will be casting its gaze over the coming months at a new-look plan to transform the former Craw’s Nest Hotel in Anstruther.

As reported in last week’s Mail, plans for a new high-quality retirement housing development to replace one of the East Neuk’s best-known hostelries have been resubmitted, after the initial application was withdrawn.

We’re committed to bringing forward proposals that benefit the local community.

Steve Wiseman

The new development, if approved, will include 39 high-standard one and two-bedroom apartments specifically designed for people over 60, with a house manager and access to an emergency call system.

It will also feature a shared lounge, guest accommodation and landscaped gardens.

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone’s original application was submitted in March this year and a public consultation at the time reflected wide support.

The company incorporated several residents’ suggestions to the design following the consultation, including replacing the zinc materials with stone to fit in with the character of surrounding buildings and adding an extra window on the second floor to maximise the views across the Firth of Forth.

The new application has now been updated to address observations made by Fife Council regarding the design, scale and position of the building.

These include changes to the balconies to ensure privacy for nearby neighbours is not compromised; alterations to the roof form and shape of the building to reduce its scale, plus addition of skewed gables and chimney features as part of a more traditional design.

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, said: “We’ve listened to the community and worked hard to reflect the views of residents and the planners in the changes we’ve made to the design.

“We’re committed to bringing forward proposals that benefit the local community and are hopeful this new application will be approved.

“I believe this proposal will provide much-needed housing for older people in the area and prevent a well-known site from falling into disrepair.”

The Craw’s Nest Hotel, which opened 50 years ago on the corner of Bankwell and Pittenweem Road, was marketed for sale back in mid-2013 as a going concern, but no other hotel operator came forward.