‘Harmful’ conservatory plan for 200-year-old Ayrshire farmhouse has been turned down

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Residents of a 200-year-old Ayrshire farmhouse have been told their plans for a replacement conservatory do not match the design of their historic home.

The claimants had sought to replace the Borland House extension, south of Dunlop, with a modern PVC structure.

But their plan was rejected by planners after heritage bodies objected to the design and the materials to be used.

Consultees, Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, said: “Although the society has no objection to the replacement of the existing conservatory, we strongly object to the proposed use of uPVC for a B listed building of this age.

“No indication of the materials of the existing structure, but one would expect the veranda to be built with traditional materials, such as wood or cast iron.

East Ayrshire Council planners took a similar view.

In a delegated report, a planning official said: “Although the conservatory is not an original feature of the building, it appears to be of traditional timber construction and matches the window finishes of the main house.

“The proposal will replace the conservatory with a modern PVC framed conservatory with the glazing arrangements significantly modified.”

The report added that the proposal would have a “detrimental impact”.

The officer added: ‘Although to the rear, the proposed replacement conservatory will negatively impact the character of the listed building, with materials and glazing being significantly altered.’

In its description of the building, Historic Environment Scotland states: “A good example of the largest type of farmhouse found in this area, with a well preserved and relatively unchanged group of outbuildings.

“The present house was probably built between about 1810 and 1820. The north and south stables and the threshing barn, all of which have similar cut stone margins, are probably contemporary.

“However, the farm itself is much older than this and is mentioned in an assessment roll from around 1640.

“The Borland estate passed to the Dunlop family and was divided at the end of the 17th century.”

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