A Rothesay hotelier’s bid to gain permission for uPVC windows in his town centre building has suffered a potentially fatal blow.
Harry Greene’s appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the new windows in the Bute House Hotel, on the corner of West Princes Street and Watergate, has been dismissed by the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals.
Mr Greene told The Buteman on Thursday: “I don’t know what to do now. I think it’s a board-up job - except that I’ve been told that if I want to board it up I need to get planning permission. It’s just ridiculous.”
Reporter Scott Ferrie states in his judgement on the case that he has “a degree of sympathy” with the argument that uPVC frames should be allowed non-traditional windows have been installed in several buildings near the hotel.
But he goes on to say that, in his view, the work being done by the local Townscape Heritage Initiative in the Guildford Square area means “it would be quite inappropriate to sanction the introduction of so many inappropriately designed windows at such a prominent location within the conservation area”.