Planning Update, December 2020

Current applications

Regarding current planning applications, members may recall the Society objected to an application earlier in the year to demolish a bungalow on the junction of Vinery Road and Hardwick Lane and build 8 flats. In the face of local opposition, the application was withdrawn. Alternative plans have now been submitted for three two-bedroom houses. However, the neighbours have objected, and the site still looks overdeveloped. So, we wrote to say (again) that it was our view that a one-off, purpose-designed house would be the only way that this highly constrained site could be successfully redeveloped.

Members may recall we were critical of plans to redevelop a site adjoining St Andrews Castle off St Andrews Street South –in particular, the external appearance and its impact on St Andrews Castle. The applicant has now come back with revised elevations which largely resolve our concerns, so we wrote in support.

The Society did not comment upon an interesting application to change the empty Market Cross art gallery into a performing arts centre for dance, art classes, Pilates and yoga, but we did comment upon the detailed design of an infill garage and flat on St Andrews Street South.

Previous applications

Also, the Society had previously objected to plans to convert the former Health Centre on Looms Lane into sixteen flats – especially the external appearance. New plans have now been submitted to change the facades, so we wrote in support.

We also supported new plans for Palmers on the Buttermarket to subdivide the ground floor into two shops and convert upper levels into 8no flats. No date yet for the appeal hearing on Cornhill Walk.

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