Argatyruin savedfrom demolition
Developers have withdrawn plans to demolish the remnants of a B-listed building near Doune which was gutted by fire.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This week, however, it emerged that the application had been withdrawn amid a submission by the Scottish Civic Trust asking it be “refused outright, unless adequate further information is provided”.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.