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New plans for conversion of former Rothesay church

Planning permission is being sought for the conversion of this former church building on Rothesay's Chapehill Road into a dwelling house with studio space and conservatory.

Planning permission is being sought for the conversion of this former church building on Rothesay's Chapehill Road into a dwelling house with studio space and conservatory.

 

Plans for the conversion of a former church building near the centre of Rothesay have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council.

Applicant Morven Gregor is seeking planning permission to turn the former Free Church building on the town’s Chapelhill Road into a dwelling house with conservatory and studio space, along with the formation of vehicle access to the property.

Ms Gregor’s application proposes repairs to the fabric of the building, reinstatement of its historic glazing and ‘small-scale stained glass interventions’.

The building, which was opened in 1860 as the Free Gaelic Church, has been the subject of a number of development proposals in recent years - most recently an application for conversion to a combined dwelling house and business premises, which was refused by Argyll and Bute Council in August 2011, much to the chagrin of the building’s then owner, Hugh Cole.

The former church appears on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland, though it is described there as being in ‘fair’ condition and at ‘minimal’ risk.

The new application can be viewed by entering the code 13/02456/PP at Argyll and Bute Council’s planning application search page; the closing date for representations from the public is Friday, January 3.

 

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