New golf-led development planned for St Andrews
Proposals have been unveiled for a new golf resort at Feddinch Mains in St Andrews.
Investment consultants GPH Engineering hope to deliver a leisure-led development include a clubhouse, golf accommodation including up to 39 luxury suites, a spa, and a restaurant.
Lying 2.5 km south west of St Andrews, adjacent to the A915, the 100-hectare site already has consent dating from 2004 for the development of an 18-hole championship golf course. Designed by 1973 Open champion, Tom Weiskopf, work is currently underway on the course, delivering some lovely coastal views in an unrivalled location and taking advantage of a growing interest in golf.
The developer formally submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Fife Council in March, informing it that it intends to submit a planning application for the development following a minimum 12-week consultation period. The team aims to submit an application in June/July.
If approved, the resort will provide golf club members and their guests with unrivalled standards. They will have access to a stunning clubhouse that combines outstanding quality in accommodation, dining and leisure. There will also be options available for community access.
The site includes the farm steading known as Feddinch Mains, which currently lies vacant and derelict and will form the focus for new facilities. All existing buildings at Feddinch Mains, with the exception of the farmhouse, are to be demolished as part of the proposed development, regenerating and re-using previously developed land. The applicants understand the benefits of embracing heritage; in a considered approach, the conservation of the existing listed farmhouse will permit an additional apartment to be formed.
The Feddinch development will deliver considerable employment opportunities along with increased investment in the local Fife community. This includes jobs created through the construction process and direct onsite jobs including clubhouse staff, greenkeepers, marketing and sales staff and administrative positions. Off-site employment will also be supported through the spending of new members and their guests visiting local attractions.
Full details about the proposals will be made available to the public at 9 am on Thursday 20 May on the dedicated project website.
An online consultation will take place between 3 pm and 8 pm on May 20.
A spokesman from GPH said: “We’re delighted to be giving the public the chance to have a say on our ambitious development proposals at Feddinch Mains.
“This exciting golf-resort development will deliver first class golfing facilities and accommodation, delivering long-lasting economic benefits for the local community.
“We are consulting extensively and would encourage the local community to take part in our consultation, ensuring it has the opportunity to ask questions, input views and shape proposals.”