Gleneagles Holiday Park Ltd proposes to submit an application for planning permission to Fife Council for an additional 131 lodge style static holiday caravan pitches on a site north of Northbank Farm, near Cameron.
The proposed development will be a northern extension to the luxury caravan lodges and associated facilities and infrastructure previously consented and now under construction (Phase 1). The intention is that the new lodge style caravans will integrate seamlessly with the existing consented development, making maximum use of existing infrastructure and facilities, including the hub building (bar/restaurant and reception area).
This consultation is intended to inform the community of the proposals and to invite feedback on them. Feedback and local knowledge will help inform the preparation of sustainable plans for the proposed development. A Proposal of Application Notice was submitted to Fife Council on 14 May 2021 (Ref. 21/01521/PAN) signalling the intention to submit an application for planning permission.
The site is located within the administrative boundary of Fife Council and covers approximately 7 hectares of farmland to the north of the partially-completed Northbank Luxury Lodge Development on the north side of the A915 public road. The majority of the site is currently arable, with some woodland and tree belt features. The site topography falls uniformly from the south-west corner to the north, ranging from around 160m above ordnance datum (AOD) in the south-west to around 138m AOD in the north.
The site is bounded by open countryside and agricultural fields to the north and east. The northern boundary of the adjacent luxury lodge development is contiguous with the southern boundary of the main site, and there are agricultural buildings immediately to the north-east of the site boundary. There are existing tree belts along the northern and southern boundaries.
Cameron Reservoir lies approximately 200m west of the site. Formerly a water supply reservoir, the site is now a designated Special Protection Area (SPA), Ramsar site and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). All three designations relate to the importance of the reservoir in supporting an overwintering pink-footed goose population. Cameron Reservoir is also home to St Andrews Angling Club, leased from Scottish Water, offering fly-only brown trout and rainbow trout fishing from both reservoir bank and boat.
The wider area is dominated by agricultural land uses and associated farm and residential properties. Cameron Burn and Cairnsmill are located to the north of the site.
The proposed development would incorporate 131 lodge style static holiday caravan pitches, with associated roads and site infrastructure. Once operational, it will make use of the site access, hub building and landscaped open space and play area developed within Phase 1. The two phases will integrate and operate as a single luxury holiday lodge development. The layout of the proposed development is evolving through the design and assessment process to minimise the likely environmental effects. It will meet all requirements relating to caravan site licensing including roads infrastructure and space standards for a development of this nature. A new site access has previously been created from the A915 into Phase 1 of the site to the south. Roadside filter drains and a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) pond will be incorporated into the site layout to attenuate surface water prior to discharge to the Cameron Burn. Foul water from the development will be both gravity-routed and pumped (depending on its source) to the existing Phase 1 foul drainage network
Subject to this consultation exercise and further discussions with Fife Council and other stakeholders, it is proposed to submit a planning application by the end of August 2021. The planning application will be accompanied by an Environmental Statement which will cover a range of subjects including landscape and visual impacts, ecology, ornithology, hydrology, flood risk and drainage.
The project team will consider all comments made during the consultation event as the proposals develop going forward. A report will be prepared on this consultation exercise (PAC report) which will be submitted to Fife Council as part of the subsequent planning application.
Your feedback would be very much appreciated, and we look forward to receiving it. Please be aware that any feedback that is provided at this point will not constitute a formal representation to Fife Council. You will have an opportunity to do this once the planning application has been submitted to Fife Council.
We welcome questions on this proposed development, which will be submitted automatically via email to our consultants. Other than on the day of live interaction session (Wednesday 14 July 2021 between 4pm and 7pm), we will aim to reply to your question within 7 days.
As part of the consultation exercise and recording the general local feeling towards the proposed development, we welcome any feedback in relation to the proposed development and seek any constructive comments you may have with regard to the proposed plans that Gleneagles Holiday Park Ltd has for the land.
We would kindly ask that comments are submitted through the below Feedback Questionnaire or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 6 August 2021.
As noted above, any comments made are not to Fife Council. When and if a planning application is submitted there will be an opportunity to submit formal representations to Fife Council.
Your feedback will be reviewed by Montgomery Forgan Associates and will be included within the Pre-Application Consultation Report submitted to Fife Council. Although any comments made to this consultation process may form part of a future planning application submission document, they will not be considered by Fife Council as a formal representation to any future planning application. All members of the public and local stakeholders will have the opportunity to make a formal representation once a planning application has been submitted.