DC Casebook: Listed Buildings - Mansion extension ruled to be in keeping

The addition of two wings to an Edinburgh mansion has been allowed after a reporter agreed that it would cause no serious detriment to the listed building or its setting.

The building's special interest derived from its status as a Jacobean-style mansion in the remnants of an historic designed landscape. The landscape had its origins in the 17th century and changes and additions in the 18th and 19th centuries reflected the development of the house. Decline and fragmentation in the 20th century had recently been partially reversed.

The appellant proposed to add symmetrical wings in a classical style with ornamental turrets, gables and stonework reflecting the decoration of the main house. The reporter observed that they would appear as linked pavilions in the country house tradition. He remarked that they might appear to be historic additions but closer inspection would reveal them as modern interpretations. This would be a valid approach, he judged.

The appellant explained that attaching the new wings offered the best arrangement for fostering an art enterprise which contributed to the revival of the house and its setting. The reporter concluded that the benefits of the wings to the long-term preservation of the house and its landscape setting outweighed their impact on the compact historic form of the listed building.

Reporter: Dannie Onn; Written representations

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