Homes bid for historic Strathdoon mansion
New homes could be built on one of Ayr’s finest old mansions.
An application to construct 13 units at Strathdoon House is with South Ayrshire councillors.
The historic plot, which dates back to the 1850s, has operated as an NHS clinic and offices in more recent times.
Applicants Lawson McCartney and Cameron Marshall told a meeting of South Ayrshire Council’s planning panel that their bid was “sympathetic and respectful”.
The retired widowers said they bought Strathdoon in 2015 “largely as a creative project”.
That project would see eight homes built on the existing Strathdoon House, with a new extension housing two flats.
Three“mews type” homes would be built on the west of the site, sitting at a right angle to the existing service wing.
Objector, Catriona MacLean, spoke of a problematic“lean to” design that could impose on her neighbouring property.
Councillor Peter Convery, member of the planning panel, said: “We should always be delighted to bring a house like this back to life.”
And Cllr Craig Mackay hailed the “very positive scheme”.
However, councillors admitted they required more convincing of the design’s merits.
They will now make a site visit to Racecourse Road before making their final call.