Plans for new hotel and student accommodation in St Andrews submitted

The proposed development at Abbey Park.
The proposed development at Abbey Park.

Plans to build a new 90-bed hotel and 100-bed student accommodation in St Andrews have been submitted.

Robertson has submitted a planning application to Fife Council for the site at Abbey Park, which it claims would represent a £23 million investment in the town.

As well as the new hotel and student accommodation, the mixed-use development would also incorporate a new park around 3500 sq.m. – similar in scale to St Mary’s Quad.

A residents’ action group in the area has previously criticised the proposed development.

Abbey Park Residents’ Action Group placed posters on nine trees which would be felled to create access to the site.

Katherine Mackintosh, managing director, Robertson Property, said: “There is a clear demand for a mid-range hotel which will help to encourage people to visit Fife.

“Similarly, there are around 4000 students unable to access dedicated student accommodation and these plans will help to ease demand on private properties and the pressure on rental levels. The new landscaped park will be a welcome addition to the town and will be open to all in St Andrews.

“The proposals has been developed following feedback from community consultations we held in October 2017 and June 2018 which have influenced the design and created the opportunity to move the buildings north and create a new green space at the heart of the development.”

Robertson are finalising legal agreements with operators for both the hotel and student accommodation and expect to make an announcement regarding the operators in due course.

Robertson aims to begin work on the site by summer 2019 with the buildings operational by autumn 2020.