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Anstruther Lifeboat Station, Fife

Our expertise and analysis added value to the planning application for the erection of new facility to accommodate an enhanced lifeboat fleet at Anstruther Harbour. Our in-depth appraisal supported the application and quelled local anxieties surrounding the siting and scale of the proposal.

The existing lifeboat station was deemed insufficient to accommodate the modern requirements of the RNLI and its larger, more responsive rescue vessels.  Upgrading this building had been scoped but rejected and a new purpose-built facility was the preferred option.

Our instruction from the project architect was to provide an overarching policy statement in support of the planning application. We researched and analysed documentation from several sources including Historic Environment Policy for Scotland, National Planning Framework, Scottish Planning Policy, Conservation Area Management Plans as well as the Local Development Plans.

Together with relevant material considerations in the form of an environmental screening and scoping report, design statement, flood risk assessment and transportation statement, our appraisal was critical to the project’s approval.

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The supporting document we provided saved the planning department time and effectively summarised the impacts and associated mitigation measures. Our recommendations were supported by the local authority and allowed a swift planning decision to be made in favour of this lifesaving facility.

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