A public hearing into the diversion of a public right of way on land where Madras College was to be built has been cancelled.
Scottish Government reporter Michael Shiel was due to listen to objections to the diversion of a path through the Pipeland site in St Andrews to make way for the town’s new secondary school.
However, the hearing in the Byre Theatre has been called off in light of the Court of Session’s quashing of planning consent for the school on that site.
Eight residents claimed the countryside path would be changed to become a major access route to the school, used by hundreds of pupils every day.
They said this could create dangers as it would be shielded from view of neighbouring buildings and there may be conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.
Directorate for planning and environmental appeals (DPEA)case officer Liz Kerr told parties involved there was no current intention to hold a hearing.
She said: “It is, in the reporter’s view, for the council to initially address the implications of the quashing of the planning permission in principle for the diversion order.
“However, were the council to decide, for whatever reason, that it wished to continue to pursue the diversion order in the present circumstances, it would be for Scottish Ministers to take the appropriate advice as to whether the order was competent and, therefore, whether a hearing was required.”
Council solicitor June Barrie told the DPEA that the council was considering the implications of the judgment.