Conservation area house evokes objections

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CONDITIONAL planning approval was granted last week for a large detached house to be built in a walled garden on the edge of Selkirk’s conservation area.

There were six objections from neighbours to Tina Marsden’s bid for full planning consent next to 7 Hallidays Park. Among the dissenters who wrote to Scottish Borders Council was local councillor Kenneth Gunn and his wife Wilma who live at 10 Hallidays Park.

The planning committee heard that previously obtained outline permission for a house, on what was once part of the Old Bridge Road, had expired earlier this year.

The application was recommended for approval by planning officer Scott Shearer who stated: “The proposed development represents appropriate infill development that will not adversely impact upon the character and appearance of the site context and conservation area.”

The Gunns disagreed, claiming it breached several council policies designed to protect conservation areas from unacceptable development and stressed the adverse impact of the two-story house on the amenity and neighbouring properties.

They stated: “We believe that Longhaven [7 Halliday’s Park] is a traditionally built and quite charming 19th-century cottage-type dwelling which has, throughout its existence, enjoyed a walled garden ... and provides a quiet oasis near the centre of Selkirk.”

Others objected that the scale, form and design did not respect the character of the conservation area.

However, the committee concurred that planning officials should have powers to grant approval if a change to the design of the roof eaves is agreed by the applicant.