New plans for old court house

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A new at­tempt is be­ing made to re­de­velop Kirkcud­bright’s old court house.

A bid for change of use to a house and artists’studio has been lodged with the coun­cil.

Doc­u­ments show that the old court room would be turned into a work space for the studio with the ex­ist­ing benches and pews re­moved.

The tower and cells do not form part of the plans and nei­ther does the area that used to house the town’s li­brary.

The de­sign ac­cess state­ment for ap­pli­cants Aspire Ltd de­scribes the pro­posal as“an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for the fu­ture use and safe­guard­ing of an im­por­tant and key listed build­ing”. It has been empty since the town’s sher­iff court shut in late 2013.

It was bought by Oliver Ans­bro – who runs Cas­tle Douglas prop­erty firm Red­stone Es­tate Ltd – in 2016. He in­tended de­vel­op­ing flats and of­fice space in the build­ing be­fore he put it back up for sale last year.

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