New life for listed building

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An Inverurie building of historical significance is to be turned into flats.

An application to convert the currently vacant house at 106 High Street into four flats was approved by Gariock councillors, as was the erection of six additional flats and the demolition of ancillary buildings.

The application from a Mr G. Clark will also require Listed Building Consent prior to being given the full green light as the existing building on site is a Grade B listed building, built around 1800.

The application, which Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning and Environmental Services had recommended for approval, had generated five letters of representation objecting to the proposals for reasons including; the proposed access off Beverley Road; the worsening of the parking situation in the location; that the development was not in keeping with the listed building; overshadowing of existing properties; concerns regarding noises and nuisance and concerns regarding an existing garage which joins onto a building proposed for demolition.

A previous application for the site in 2007 was refused as the design was not of a sufficiently high standard, had overlooking problems and other issues.

Area planning officer Darren Ross told councillors that the proposal was on a prominent site on Inverurie’s High Street and would see the existing house converted into four flats, a new extension to the house would make up the six new flats.

The proposed new extension would be of a style and build quality that would respect the existing listed building. The Planning Service were happy with the design that would see a Category B Listed Building go back into use.

He did point out that approval was still subject to the results of a Contaminated Land Survey being carried out.

Acting committee chairman, Inverurie and District councillor Richard Cowling, asked for clarification of the materials for the windows, and it was confirmed they would be timber in keeping with the house.

Councillor Bryan Stuart noted the neighbouring properties’ concerns regarding the boundary walls and asked if it could be ensured that they were of a universal height across the property.

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford said he recognised the need for something to be done with a traditional building, and raised questions about detailing on the extension that matched the existing building. He was informed that the applicant was confident that he could sympathetically match the quality and design of the traditional building.

The committee unanimously agreed that authority to grant full planning permission be delegated to the Head of Planning and Building Standards subject to conditions, including that boundary walls be a uniform height.