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Proposals for multi-million-pound Feddinch golf development submitted



Investment consultant GPH Engineering has announced updated proposals for the development of a multi-million-pound golf resort at Feddinch Mains, St Andrews.

The leisure-led development includes a clubhouse, golf accommodation – including up to 39 luxury suites – a spa and restaurant.

Lying 2.5 km south west of St Andrews, adjacent to the A915, the 97 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 – on which work is currently underway.

The site includes the farm steading known as Feddinch Mains, which currently lies vacant, 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.

However, GPH Engineering stated that it understands the benefits of embracing heritage, with the conservation of the existing listed farmhouse permitting an additional apartment to be formed.

If approved, the resort will provide golf club members and their guests with access to a clubhouse that combines accommodation, dining and leisure. There will also be options available for community access.

The company noted that the 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 should also be supported through the spending of new members and their guests visiting local attractions.

A previous planning consent for the clubhouse, including 41 apartments, for the St Andrews International Golf Club by Scotia Investment group was renewed in January 2017.

This was on the condition that it would lapse in three years if construction had not begun by then. The permission expired in January 2020.

GPH Engineering purchased the site in early 2020 and is now looking to progress the clubhouse’s development and associated developments.

A Proposal of Application Notice – noting intent to submit a planning application in due course following community consultation – has been submitted to Fife Council to develop the clubhouse and associated works, including minor alterations to the golf course layout.

A dedicated project website has been set-up and web-based consultation will occur on 20 May 2021 between 3pm and 8pm.

A spokesperson for GPH Engineering, said: “It is our clear desire to deliver a project with lasting economic benefits to the town, Fife and Scotland.

“Schemes such as this provide a vital means to support the recovery of the tourism sector from Covid-19, delivering considerable employment opportunities – both during construction and onsite once complete.

“We’re looking forward to consulting widely with the community and key stakeholders over the coming months on our proposals, which will include a digital consultation event in May.”

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