Demolition in conservation area sanctioned

Conservation area consent for demolition of a traditional house in a perilous condition in a Scottish town centre was granted by a reporter ahead of approval of a replacement scheme.

The reporter found that the building, located in a prominent position in the conservation area, had townscape value and was of a form and type that could be reused, but concluded renovation was unlikely to be viable given its extremely poor state of repair and therefore demolition would be acceptable.

Having regard to Historic Environment Scotland guidance that consent to demolish should generally only be given where there are acceptable proposals for a replacement building to avoid an unsightly gap being created, the reporter stated this is usually secured through a condition attached to conservation area consent linking it to planning permission for a replacement scheme. However, in this case planning permission had been refused by the council. Noting that the key reason for refusal related to loss of the existing building rather than any objection to the scale, design and material of the proposed replacement, the reporter was content that a suitable replacement scheme would be possible on the site and allowed the appeal subject to a condition requiring the letting of contracts for redevelopment before any demolition took place, to preserve the appearance of the conservation area.

Reporter: Rosie Leven; Written representations

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