Ar­gatyruin saved­from de­mo­li­tion

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Devel­op­ers have with­drawn plans to de­mol­ish the rem­nants of a B-listed build­ing near Doune which was gut­ted by fire.

Ar­gaty House – parts of which date back to the 17th cen­tury –is es­ti­mated to have been 90 per cent de­stroyed in a blaze in April 2011.

Ear­lier this year Iskra De­vel­op­ment lodged a Listed Build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion with Stir­ling Coun­cil seek­ing to de­mol­ish what is left of the struc­ture.

This week, how­ever, it emerged that the ap­pli­ca­tion had been with­drawn amid a sub­mis­sion by the Scot­tish Civic Trust ask­ing it be “re­fused out­right, un­less ad­e­quate fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided”.

Chair­man of the SCT tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee Ann Laird had told coun­cil plan­ners: “The SCT is a na­tional body that places a high value on our coun­try’s sig­nif­i­cant built her­itage in­clud­ing its Listed Build­ings, Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas and other places of spe­cial lo­cal char­ac­ter and iden­tity.

“In­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence has been pro­vided that a vi­able fu­ture use for this build­ing can­not be se­cured.”

Ms Laird re­ferred to His­toric Environment Scot­land guid­ance on de­mo­li­tion in­clud­ing that ap­pli­cants need to show all rea­son­able ef­forts have been made to re­tain listed build­ings such as ex­plor­ing al­ter­na­tive sources of fi­nance and mar­ket­ing the prop­erty for a rea­son­able pe­riod to po­ten­tial “restor­ing pur­chasers”.

As well as Stir­ling Coun­cil, His­toric Environment Scot­land would also have had to give con­sid­er­a­tion to the pro­posal as part of the de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

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