The Scottish Government introduced Strategic Development Plans for the city regions of the four largest cities in Scotland. St Andrews lies in the Dundee city region which covers North Fife, Dundee, Angus, and Perth and Kinross. The TAYplan, which covers the period 2012-32, took the place of the Fife Structure Plan as the strategic plan covering St Andrews.

The approved version of TAYplan (2.5Mb pdf), including modifications made by the Scottish Ministers, took effect on 8th June 2012. The accompanying Action Programme (1.26Mb pdf) was adopted on 26th June 2012 and was revised in March 2014.

The TAYplan authority is required to submit a revised Strategic Development Plan to the Scottish Ministers by June 2016. That cycle of revision is underway. Consultation on a Main Issues Report took place between April and June 2014; to download this document, go to Tayplan publications and type in "Main issues report 2014". Publication of the proposed revised plan is scheduled for April 2015 followed by a period for representations.

When the 2012 TAYplan was being prepared, the Community Council submitted in July 2010 its response to the Main Issues Report, and its views on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan in July 2011.

Disappointingly, TAYplan has not taken the opportunity to re-think strategic planning for the St Andrews area, choosing instead to carry forward the strategy of the Fife Structure Plan, with all its faults.