Spa project held harmful to historic farmhouse

Plans for a spa linked to a golf course in Scotland have been thwarted because they would undermine the character of a category B listed building.

The council had granted permission for the course and a clubhouse and development had begun. The appellants now proposed to convert a listed farmhouse to a swimming pool, gym, sauna and relaxation rooms. The scheme entailed stripping out the interior, excavations to create a basement and adding a conservatory.

The reporter was concerned that the building's internal layout would be completely lost. He found no evidence to support the developers' claim that it would be uneconomic to restore the farmhouse to beneficial use without removing the whole interior. He also noted that little information had been provided as to how its walls would be underpinned to allow excavation of the basement.

Reporter: Douglas Hope; Written representations

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