A Rothesay builder has been threatened with enforcement action for installing UPVC windows in a long-derelict seafront building in the town.
John Morrison installed the windows in the property at 19 Battery Place last year, but has now been told Argyll and Bute Council will seek to take action against him unless the windows are removed.
Mr Morrison has hit out at council planning officials’ attitude towards conservation in Rothesay, pointing out that permission was retrospectively approved for UPVC windows at a neighbouring C-listed property in Battery Place - even though Mr Morrison’s own building has no listed status at all.
“It seems to be a right mish-mash of decisions and non-decisions,” Mr Morrison said. “There are 290 UPVC windows in Battery Place. I just want to know what’s going on - and to be treated the same.”
Mr Morrison’s problems follow hard on the heels of the Scottish Government’s decision to dismiss an appeal against the council’s refusal of planning permission for double-glazed UPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay’s town centre earlier this month, when a reporter decided heritage concerns should be given more weight than the economic benefits of the project.
Following a meeting with Mr Morrison at his property, local councillor Isobel Strong said: “While the Rothesay conservation area has been an advantage in some respects by preserving the historic character of the town, it is now becoming a constraint on enterprise and business by not allowing people to develop their properties in a reasonable way.”