To secure planning permission against a challenging and lengthy planning history (12 years in progress). There was strong resistance by the local community and difficult legal planning obstacles. We were further challenged by slow planning authority decision making and a tight deadline to coincide with St Andrews’ hosting the 150th Open Golf Championships in 2015.


  • Review historical permissions and conditions
  • Assembly of a multi-disciplinary team (architect, structural engineer, business case and ecological services)
  • Lead statutory Pre Application Consultation and liaison with Fife Council planning officials and manage an inquisitive local political landscape
  • Substantial supporting package of evidence for submission with the application
  • Careful steer of an award winning golf club architect to ensure these challenges were met
  • Steer the proposals through a complex Committee reporting structure comprising 3 stages, Hearing and a Site Visit
  • Decisive in the option to appeal against Council’s failure to reach a decision


  • Scottish Minister’s appointed reporter allowed the proposed clubhouse development after appeal against Council’s failure to reach decision
  • Reduced the client’s risk to commercial status of the project / business
  • Ensured the project programme can proceed to construction in time for 2015 Open Golf event
  • Avoided any further local challenge or delay by Council