Housing development gets the go-ahead on former hotel site

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A new housing development on the site of a famous hotel from the past has been given the go ahead.

The proposed 15-house development is on the site of the former Breadalbane Hotel at west end of Kildonan overlooking the bay known as Porta Buidhe, or yellow port.

The popular hotel closed in 2007 and at the time planning consent was granted for the demolition of the existing hotel buildings and the erection of 10 houses on the site. Demolition of the hotel buildings started just over a year later, however, as a consequence of the economic recession at that time, work was suspended and did not resume.

The site now lies heavily overgrown with the only building remaining the run down house attached to the former hotel.

The new application, approved by planning officials at North Ayrshire Council this week, is in the names of Hamish Walker and Derek Callaghan, the latter thought to be the former owner of the hotel who was behind the earlier housing plan.

According to a planning support statement, the site extends to around 5,700 sq m and is fronted to the south by the main public road which runs through Kildonan with the shore and sea beyond. To the north, the land rises steeply with trees and agricultural land.

The site itself has a general and gradual incline from the road front to the rear. Views from the site are predominantly to the south across the sea towards Pladda with Ailsa Craig in the distance.

While the original plan was for 10 large detached and semi-detached homes, the applicants have now determined there is a greater need for more two and three bedroom homes.

The architectural brief was to provide a design which was sympathetic to local  architecture and character with a selection of house styles appealing to all age groups. The houses would be built to a high quality with a low carbon footprint.

This led to a ‘courtyard’ design with two distinct terraced rows of houses each running east to west and a front orientation to the south optimising not only the sun path but  sea views.

In support of the application, it is stated adjacent to the site are a mix of developments in style and use. To the east is The Keys, a modern housing development of approximately 15 detached houses, and to the west a mix of single detached dwelling houses of modern and more traditional design.

The applicants accept there is no public sewerage system in Kildonan. It is proposed a private bio treatment plant and filter system would provide foul drainage treatment to the development with surface water treatment carried out in accordance with SUDS regulations. Both system outfalls would be taken to the sea in compliance with SEPA regulations and recommendations.

The planning application has been approved with some conditions ahead of work starting on the site.