Plan­ning go-ahead for Cameron House re­build

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The own­ers of Cameron House Ho­tel on the banks of Loch Lomond have been given the green light to re­store the build­ing’s fa­cade and carry out other ren­o­va­tion works fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing fire which re­sulted in the death of two guests.

Of­fi­cials from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity have ap­proved the ho­tel own­ers’ plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish and re­place parts of the main build­ing.

Plan­ning of­fi­cer Craig Jar­dine said in a re­port that the park au­thor­ity recog­nised the eco­nomic im­por­tance of the work to re­store the fives­tar ho­tel.

The fire, in De­cem­ber 2017, claimed the lives of guests Si­mon Mid­g­ley and Richard Dyson.

The build­ing was handed back to its own­ers in July, but an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into the cause of the blaze.

In his re­port on the ap­pliPlans cation, Mr Jar­dine said: ‘The pro­pos­als to carry out the fa­cade re­ten­tion, re­moval of in­ter­nal walls, de­scribed tem­po­rary down­tak­ings, and sub­se­quent re­in­state­ment and in­stal­la­tion of a new in­ter­nal struc­ture are jus­ti­fied.

‘The pro­posed new ex­ten­sions and al­ter­ations are sym­pa­thet­i­cally de­signed and po­si­tioned.

‘The pro­pos­als to re­in­state the fire-dam­aged listed build­ing and its use, for the ben­e­fit of the cultural her­itage and for con­tin­ued eco­nomic ben­e­fit, is sup­ported as be­ing in ac­cor­dance with the his­toric en­vi­ron­ment aims, prin­ci­ples and poli­cies set out in Scot­tish Plan­ning Pol­icy.

‘[It is also in line with] His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land pol­icy state­ment, the na­tional park’s first aim to con­serve and en­hance cultural her­itage, Na­tional Park Part­ner­ship Plan out­comes and the rel­e­vant poli­cies of the Lo­cal Devel­op­ment Plan.’

Mr Jar­dine’s re­port added that nat­u­ral her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors had been mit­i­gated as part of the plans and pro­vided for in ac­cor­dance with poli­cies.

The dev­as­tat­ing fire in De­cem­ber 2017 in which two guests died.

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