Plans to develop Craw’s Nest site in Anstruther approved

Artists image of new look development at Craw's Nest Hotel in Anstruther
Artists image of new look development at Craw's Nest Hotel in Anstruther

The site of the former Craw’s Nest hotel in Anstruther is set to be redeveloped for retirement housing after planning permission was granted.

Retirement housing developer McCarthy and Stone has been given the green light by Fife Council for its plans to build a total of 39 one and two bedroom appartments, specifically designed for people over the age of 60, on the Pittenweem Road site.

The development will also feature a house manager, access to an emergency call system, shared lounge, guest accommodation and landscaped gardens.

A planning application for the site of the well known East Neuk hostelry was submitted in March this year following a public consultation.

That consultation showed widespread support from the local community, with
 87 per cent of people supporting the retirement development plans and 89 per cent thought it was a good use for the site.

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

However, McCarthy and Stone recently withdrew the initial planning application and resubmitted a revised application, which was updated to address observations made by the council about the design, scale and position of the building.

Following both community and council feedback changes have been made to the balconies, to ensure privacy for nearby neighbours, as well as alterations to the roof form and shape of the building to reduce its scale. There has also been the addition of skewed gables and chimney features as part of a more traditional design to fit in with the character of surrounding buildings in the town.

Steve Wiseman, managing director of McCarthy and Stone in Scotland, is delighted that the plans have been approved by the local authority.

He said: “I would like to thank the local community for their contributions to the consultation process, we’ve worked hard to reflect the views of residents and the planners in the changes to the design.

“We look forward to starting work over the coming months and providing new, high quality homes for older people in the town.”

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