Homes bid for his­toric Strath­doon mansion

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Stu­art Wil­son

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.

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