‘Good neigh­bour’ vow from wedding venue

Carphin house: Own­ers try to re­as­sure res­i­dents their build­ing plans will not up­set the area’s tran­quil­lity

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The new own­ers of Carphin House have sought to as­sure res­i­dents of nearby Luthrie that their wedding venue plans will not shat­ter the peace. Ruth and Ian Ma­callan want to cre­ate an­other build­ing in the grounds for func­tions.

A cou­ple whose wedding venue dreams have re­ceived a mixed re­cep­tion from lo­cals hope to re­as­sure their fu­ture neigh­bours.

The new own­ers of Carphin House, Ruth and Ian Ma­callan, want to cre­ate a per­ma­nent build­ing next to the 18th Cen­tury prop­erty so they can hold func­tions there.

How­ever, their pro­posal has an­gered some in the nearby vil­lage of Luthrie, who fear it will ruin the tran­quil­lity of the area.

Ian, 33, in­sisted he and Ruth, 32, who have a con­ser­va­tion back­ground, want to cause as lit­tle dis­tur­bance as pos­si­ble to the com­mu­nity where they in­tend to set­tle.

He said: “We don’t want to dis­rupt the vil­lage because we want to live here and we want to make sure that we are good neigh­bours.”

The Ma­callans, who met while study­ing at St An­drews Univer­sity, had set their hearts on re­turn­ing to Fife from London to launch their own business and start a family.

When they saw Carphin House for sale they fell in love with it and de­vised plans to grow the wedding business around the country man­sion. The cou­ple in­tend to con­vert the sta­bles into a house so they can live on site.

Ian said he ap­pre­ci­ated people’s con­cerns but in­sisted there had been some mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion around their pro­posal for an eco-con­scious wedding and events build­ing.

He said: “We are not look­ing to run a wedding fac­tory, we aim to have on av­er­age one wedding a week.

“We are 1.5km from the vil­lage so hope­fully noise isn’t an is­sue but sound­proof­ing the build­ing would negate that fur­ther.”

He also said the venue would adopt a no fire­works rule and had com­mis­sioned a trans­porta­tion sur­vey as part of its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Fife Coun­cil.

Although the new build­ing could cater for up to 200 guests, rather than the 160 in an ex­ist­ing mar­quee, the Ma­callans hope to build re­la­tion­ships with sur­round­ing ho­tels and busi­nesses and have around 75% of guests trans­ported in by minibus or small coaches.

Ian said an open day for neigh­bours in July had been very suc­cess­ful and he and Ruth would hap­pily host an­other if people wanted them to.

He has spo­ken out af­ter a no­tice was erected in Luthrie call­ing on res­i­dents to ob­ject to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sug­gest­ing the tran­quil­lity and safety of the vil­lage could be ru­ined.

It stated that thou­sands of ve­hi­cles could past through the com­mu­nity and along the core path lead­ing to Norman’s Law and Ay­ton.

Own­ers of Lower Luthrie Farm claimed the plans could have a detri­men­tal im­pact on their business, in­clud­ing “serious animal wel­fare is­sues and sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial losses”.

We don’t want to dis­rupt the vil­lage because we want to live here. IAN MA­CALLAN

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

The Ma­callans hope to build re­la­tion­ships with sur­round­ing busi­nesses.

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