Am­bi­tious £20m plan for lux­ury lodge park

De­vel­op­ment would have 82 lodges and be on edge of town

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - craig smith csmith@the­courier.co.uk

More de­tails have emerged about am­bi­tious plans for a new £20 mil­lion lux­ury lodge de­vel­op­ment for the out­skirts of St An­drews.

Gle­nea­gles Hol­i­day Parks Lim­ited hopes to cre­ate the ma­jor tourist, com­mer­cial and leisure de­vel­op­ment at North Bank Farm, Lathockar, over the com­ing months.

It has this week for­mally sub­mit­ted new doc­u­ments – in­clud­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment – ac­com­pa­ny­ing its ap­pli­ca­tion to Fife Coun­cil.

The plan for the near seven-hectare site has re­vealed the de­vel­op­ment will com­prise 82 lux­ury lodges of five dif­fer­ent de­signs, a bar/restau­rant, re­tail/leisure facilities and a re­cep­tion area, land­scaped open space and play ar­eas.

The Ste­wart fam­ily, which al­ready owns lodge parks at Grand Ea­gles in Auchterarder, Loch Manor Es­tate at Dun­ning and Lochlands near For­far, is be­hind the North Bank Farm de­vel­op­ment.

Wil­liam Ste­wart jun said: “We are hugely ex­cited about our new park.

“St An­drews is a fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion, a town of­fer­ing great golf, a fan­tas­tic foodie vibe and lots to see and do, with a coastal lo­ca­tion to boot.

“To have not in­vested in this park in a proven lo­ca­tion like St An­drews would have been a ma­jor missed op­por­tu­nity as the sec­tor is so vi­brant.”

With the pro­pos­als tweaked fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and talks with coun­cil of­fi­cials, Alan Seath, from Seath Plan­ning Con­sul­tancy, act­ing on be­half of Gle­nea­gles Hol­i­day Parks, has urged the lo­cal au­thor­ity to sup­port the project.

He said: “In par­tic­u­lar there is a demon­stra­ble need in the St An­drews area and dis­tinct eco­nomic ad­van­tages can be de­rived from this pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

“The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is sup­ported by a num­ber of tech­ni­cal stud­ies, in­clud­ing the de­tailed en­vi­ron­men­tal state­ment.

“These con­firm the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment can be ac­com­mo­dated with­out any ad­verse im­pact on the ex­ist­ing built or nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and the ru­ral com­mu­nity.”

Plan­ning per­mis­sion in prin­ci­ple was granted in March 2010 cov­er­ing a larger site.

That con­sent was ex­tended by a fur­ther two years to al­low more time for the plans.

The ap­pli­cants bought part of the site in De­cem­ber 2016 with a view to de­vel­op­ing the lux­ury lodge el­e­ment of the plan­ning per­mis­sion.

They said the in­creased num­ber of lodges has been pro­posed “in or­der to of­fer the crit­i­cal mass nec­es­sary to make this a vi­brant, vi­able and func­tion­ing tourist de­vel­op­ment”.

The com­pany claims the scheme would cre­ate more than 90 jobs, 25 of them at the park and con­struc­tion could be­gin in May.

st An­drews is a fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion, a town of­fer­ing great golf, a fan­tas­tic foodie vibe and lots to see and do, with a coastal lo­ca­tion to boot

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

The Ste­wart fam­ily, which owns Grand Ea­gles lodge park at Auchterarder, now wants to de­velop a sim­i­lar at­trac­tion near St An­drews.

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