FoSH Welcomes Planning Approval with Conditions for the Restoration & Conversion of Seafield House into Apartments and Enabling Development of New Homes in the Grounds

19_00269_LBC-3D_Visual__Seafield_House__as_Proposed-714855Friends of Seafield House welcomes the approval with conditions by South Ayrshire Council Regulatory Panel (Planning) this morning – 14 November 2019 – of the planning application by Econstruct Estates Seafield Ltd & Westpoint Homes Ltd for the restoration, conversion & extension of Seafield House to form 10 residential units and building of 27 new homes in the grounds. Listed Building Consent (LBC) for the restoration and conversion of Seafield House was granted with conditions under delegated powers on 29 October 2019.

This link is to the decision notice and documents relating to the granting of Listed Building Consent.

This link is to the Panel Report and planning application documents.

FoSH Chair, Patrick Lorimer, spoke in support of the application. In giving approval, Panel Members spoke of approval being a “hard” decision, but that they saw the application as a “last chance” to save Seafield House, saying it is a building “we can’t afford to lose“.

FoSH welcomes the additional condition put to the meeting by officers and agreed by the Panel for a landscape aftercare and maintenance plan.

Robin Ghosh, Director of Econstruct Estates Seafield Ltd, confirmed to the Panel on behalf of the developers that fulfilment of planning condition 2 (*) means not only completion of the exterior of Seafield House but 60-65% completion of the internal fit-out.  FoSh welcomes this assurance in achieving completion of the 10 Seafield House apartments concurrent with completion of the new builds.

Next year – 2020 – marks the 130th anniversary of Sir William Arrol completing his home at Seafield and one of his major construction achievements, the Forth Bridge. FoSH looks forward to 2020 also marking significant positive change in Seafield House becoming once again a home.

(*) “That notwithstanding the plans hereby approved, no more than 16 of the 27 new build dwellings hereby approved shall be occupied for residential use before Seafield House is rendered wind and watertight by works, including the completion of the “Proposed Roof Plan Seafield House” Edesign Drawing No. 18-0284-PL-SH-15.”

Seafield House Planning Application Recommended for Approval + Conditions: Listed Building Consent granted under Delegated Powers

Friends of Seafield House welcome the recommendation by South Ayrshire Council Planning Officers to South Ayrshire Council Regulatory Panel – Planning for Approval with conditions of the Planning Application by Econstruct Estates Seafield Ltd & Westpoint Homes Ltd for the restoration, conversion & extension of Seafield House to form 10 residential units and building of 27 new homes in the grounds. The recommendation was published on 30 October 2019. Listed Building Consent (LBC) with conditions was granted under delegated powers on 29 October 2019.

This link is to the decision notice and documents relating to the application for Listed Building Consent.

This link is to the Planning Application Report and documents relating to the application.

The Planning Application Report will be considered by SAC Regulatory Panel – Planning on 14 November 2019. FoSH Chair, Patrick Lorimer, has requested to speak. FoSH’s responses in support of the applications and the conditions for that support can be found via this link.

FoSH welcomes support for the application and the positive neutral responses made by SAVE Britain’s Heritage and Bill Grant MP. FoSH notes that the Planning Application Report sets out under 2. Consultations “No response received.” from Fort Seafield & Wallacetown Community Council.

FoSH will publish shortly our considered response to the content of the planning application report. FoSH’s initial response is to welcome the statement in the report summary:

“The approval of the 27 dwellinghouses is only acceptable in planning terms on the basis that it can be demonstrated that it secures the restoration and re-use of Seafield House,
otherwise it would be contrary to planning policy due to the extensive removal of trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order, impact on the setting of a listed building, insufficient amenity space and affordable housing provision. It is considered that the proposal is capable of positive consideration against the terms of the Local Development Plan and associated guidance. It is recommended that the application be approved
subject to conditions.”

and in the development proposal:

“The proposed development can be considered as two distinct parts, namely the restoration and conversion of Seafield House and the erection of new build dwellinghouses within the grounds of Seafield House. However, these two elements are intrinsically linked.”

FoSH will also publish the decision of SAC Regulatory Panel – Planning following conclusion of its deliberations of SAC Planning Officers recommendation for Approval with conditions.