St Andrews International Golf Club (Original Scooniehill
2 Golf courses, clubhouse, 80 residential lodges -
appeal rejected by Scottish Executive
Golf Development News back to
Local News useful
Refusal Notices -
Plans for this £25m golf and leisure complex were twice rejected by the
North East Fife Area Development Committee, after a lengthy process through the
Planning Reports -
In recommending approval , planning officials said that the proposals were not
considered to be detrimental to an area of great landscape value, and that they
conformed with development plan policies.
Hearing Report - Opposition had been expressed by local and national
St Andrews Community Council, the towns preservation
trust, the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, the Association for the
Protection of Rural Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Appeal Decision - A
subsequent appeal was also rejected by the Scottish Executive. The Reporter
decided, after consideration of Statements of
Evidence heard during a Local
Public Inquiry, that approval would contravene policies relating to use
of prime agricultural land, development in the countryside, and the need to
protect areas of high-quality landscape.
Please note that S.I.G.C have recently submitted plans for
development at Feddinch
This St Andrews International Golf Club News Archive
contains a broad selection of articles and press releases relating to the
original Scooniehill proposal.
Scooniehill and Kingask more
Professor Terence Lee, Letter to Editor, The Citizen, 16
Fife Council is obviously discomfited by the Scottish
Executives rejection of Scooniehill. The Reporter at the public inquiry
based his decision to reject on many of the arguments that were ignored or
overruled when Fife Council took the decision to accept Kingask. Moreover,
Fifes planning professionals had recommended acceptance of Scooniehill -
A different view more
J Hopgood and P Uprichard, Letter to Editor, The Courier,
15 March 2001
Sir, - In an article in The Courier (March 3), commenting on
the Scooniehill and Kingask developments, Fife Councils planning
spokesman said that the council had followed procedure in both
The way the wind blows more
Jim Crumley, The Courier, 13 March 2001
As if the atrophy of the countryside was not comprehensive
enough at the hands of the unholy alliance of weather and foot-and-mouth
disease, a third source of devastation has been identified by this column.
Councillor Bill Kay, Letter to Editor, The Citizen, 9
Professor Lee is entitled to his views in trying to draw a
comparison between Scooniehill and Kingask.
Fife planning mess waiting to be sorted
Dr Frank Riddell, Letter to Editor, The Courier, 5 March
Sir, - I am amazed at the comments made by Cllr Bill Kay
(March 1) claiming no resemblance between Scooniehill and Kingask: It is
absolutely wrong to compare Kingask and Scooniehill and presuppose the outcome
of a public inquiry. These were two very different planning
Community chief hits back in planning
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 3 March 2001
The vice-chairman of St Andrews community council, Dr Frank
Rlddell, has bit back at two senior Fife Council officials who told The Courier
this week that no comparison could be made between the £25 million golf
and leisure developments at Scooniehill and the St Andrews Bay scheme at
Kingask on the outskirts of St Andrews.
Call to planners after Scooniehill
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 2 March 2001
The Scottish Executives decision to reject plans for a
£25 million golf and leisure development at Scooniehill, near St Andrews,
must cast considerable doubt on the quality of advice given by Fife
Councils planners, claimed the vice-chairman of St Andrews Community
Council Dr Frank Riddell yesterday.
Reporter rejects Scooniehill
The Citizen, 2 March 2001
The decision to throw out plans for a £25 million golf
and leisure complex on the outskirts of St Andrews has been met with relief
from conservation bodies in the town.
Prof. Terence Lee, Letter to Editor, The Citizen, 2 March
The outcome of the Scooniehill inquiry (rejection) is a
considerable boost for those who are trying to preserve the unique character of
Scooniehill snub fuels bay scheme
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 1 March 2001
News that plans for a £25 million golf and leisure
development at Scooniehill, near St Andrews, have been rejected by the Scottish
Executive has been described as a "great victory" by the chairman of the St
Andrews Green Belt Forum.
Golf plan at St Andrews rejected more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 28 February 2001
Plans for a £25 million golf and leisure complex south
of St Andrews have been rejected by a Scottish Executive Reporter, who decided
approval would contravene approved Fife Council policies.
Visual impact is 'overriding factor,' inquiry
The Courier, 29 November 2000
The visual impact of a new £25 million golf and
leisure development near St Andrews is the overriding factor to be
taken into account as a planning appeal is determined.
Developers see St Andrews as 'pot of gold', inquiry
The Courier, 25 November 2000
In recent years developers placing unremitting pressure on
St Andrews see a pot of gold waiting to be plundered, the chairman
of St Andrews Preservation trust, Dorothea Morrison, told the Scooniehill
inquiry yesterday. Such developers saw no limit to numbers of free-spending
visitors attracted by the magic of the towns name, she
Town's golf courses near capacity, inquiry
The Courier, 24 November 2000
Pressure on St Andrews Links Courses - particularly the Old
Course - will increase if a £25 million golf and leisure project near the
town was given planning consent.
Fife councillor strongly backs Scooniehill
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 23 November 2000
A leading north-east Fife councillor yesterday gave his
strong backing to the £25 million golf and leisure development planned
for a 460-acre site on the southern edge of St Andrews.
Golf project not to start until £7m
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 22 November 2000
Work on a proposed £25 million golf and leisure
project near St Andrews will not start until £7 million has been raised
from advance membership sales which would be predominantly in the US.
Scooniehill public inquiry set to
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 20 November 2000
The future of the £25 million golf and leisure
development planned for the 460-acre Scooniehill site south of St Andrews hangs
on the findings of a public inquiry which will start in the town tomorrow.
Golf development Inquiry date set more
The Courier, 31 October 2000
The Scottish Executive has announced details of a public
inquiry focusing on a £25 million golf and leisure development on an
extensive site south of St Andrews.
Public inquiry into golf development
The Courier, 18 October 2000
St Andrews Community Council is to be represented at a
public inquiry next month to argue its case against controversial plans for a
new £25 million golf and leisure development on an extensive site to the
south of the town.
Public inquiry to decide on future of golf
The Courier, 1 September 2000
The future of plans for a new £25 million golf and
leisure development on an extensive site to the south of St Andrews is to be
decided at a public inquiry.
Scooniehill plans turned down
Anita Rogan, The Citizen, 2 June 2000
A second application for a golf-related resort at
Scooniehill, outside St Andrews, was turned down by Fife Councils East
Area Development Committee on Tuesday despite a recommendation for approval by
council officials. The amended submission by developers, The
International Golf Club of St Andrews, was lodged back in September after the
original proposal was refused by the Strategic Development Committee last
St Andrews in new golf course battle
Two-course £25 million project rejected by
James Rougvie, The Scotsman, 1 June 2000
Developers are teeing up a lengthy battle with a council
after a £25 million proposal for a golf and leisure complex on the edge
of St Andrews was rejected by planners.
Plans for Golf and Leisure Complex
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 31 May 2000
Plans for a new £25 million golf and leisure
development on a 460-acre site at Scooniehill, to the south of St Andrews, were
rejected yesterday by members of Fife Councils east area development
Scooniehill objectors speak out more
The Citizen, 31 March 2000
Objectors to a new outline application lodged by St Andrews
International Golf Club Ltd., for a £25 million golf-related development
at Scooniehill Farm, addressed a departure hearing in Madras College, St
Andrews, this week.
Scooniehill supporters and opponents to have their
The Courier, 30 March 2000
No work would take place at the latest major St Andrews site
being targeted by golf and leisure developers until 10 million dollars worth of
international memberships had been sold.
Developers to press on with Scooniehill
The Courier, 14 July 1999
The developers behind plans for an £18 million golf
and leisure development at Scooniehill, just outside St Andrews, have declared
their intention to fight on in their bid to gain planning permission.
Heritage body objects to plan for
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 29 April 1999
The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland has formally
objected to the £18 million golf course development proposed for
Scooniehill on the south side of St Andrews.
Community Council object to Scooniehill
The Citizen, 5 February 1999
St Andrews Community Council have lodged detailed objections
to the proposed Scooniehill golf course development.
Transport impact to be assessed more
The Citizen, 29 January 1999
Traffic consultants have been instructed to produce a full
Transport Impact Assessment on the effects of the proposed new golf course
development at Scooniehill, on the south side of St Andrews.
Developers try to allay fears more
The Courier, 23 January 1999
The developers behind a multi-million-pound plan for golf
courses, members accommodation and leisure facilities on a site at Scooniehill,
on the southern outskirts of St Andrews, have moved quickly to try to allay any
fears over visual impact or traffic congestion.
Division over new proposals more
The Citizen, 15 January 1999
Members of St Andrews Community Council are divided over the
effect that a new golfing development, covering 500 acres on land around
Scooniehill Farm, will have.
Latest golf project has 'green' in
The Courier, 12 January 1999
The latest multi-million golf and leisure development
planned for countryside near St Andrews would be ecology-led and
have low visual impact.
Yet another golf plan for St
The Courier, 20 November 1998
St Andrews has been targeted for another multi-million-pound
golf and leisure development which would help satisfy the ever-growing demand
from the USA.more Golf
Development News back to Local News useful
Background Info up to