Plans for new homes in Altachorvie grounds

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A planning application has been lodged to build three new houses in the grounds of Altachorvie in Lamlash.

The proposals would also see the outbuildings of the original house, and more recently a hotel, removed and restored to a residential home along with the demolition of self catering Arran Lodge cabins and outbuildings. The existing cottage in the grounds would also be residential making five houses in total.

The application has been made by the owner of Altachorvie, Ms Joan Glen-Stuart and is under consideration by planners on North Ayrshire Council.

Altachorvie was most likely built between 1870-80.

The glen behind provides a more bucolic location than the shoreline itself, without losing the views of the sea and Holy Island beyond.

In 1841, The Statistical Account of Buteshire, a brief overview of Kilbride Parish manages to pick out ‘the romantic glen of Altachorvie’ as one which helps give Lamlash Bay ‘..upon the whole a warm and clothed appearance’ which possibly directed the original developer of Altachorvie House to the specific location.

However, the house does not seem to have remained a private residence for long, being taken on by the Holiday Fellowship in the mid 1920s and remained in its ownership until it was sold in 2018.

A design statement submitted with the planning application states: ‘The intention behind the creation of the three individual house plots on the site is to allow Altachorvie to return to its original standing, taking away the extensions and accretions so that it can once more operate as a residence in this beautiful setting.

‘To facilitate this, individual house plots are proposed in locations on the site which will not compromise the views and setting of Altachorvie House and will themselves benefit from all the positive aspects of the site.

‘Minimal guidance on materials and build forms are also included in the design guidance, the intention being for the new buildings to recede in to the mature landscape tonally and to provide minimal interruption to the views from Altachorvie House.

‘The site as existing comprises a 13 en-suite bedroom lodge accommodating 25 persons, with 25 additional cabins providing accommodation for a further 35 people plus a two-bedroom cottage.

‘The main house (lodge) also has a commercial kitchen with function room accommodating 70 for dining or 100 for other events.

‘As proposed the occupancy of the site will reduce to three four-bedroom houses, the cottage and a house of reduced size, perhaps six bedrooms. This nominally reduces the site occupancy from 70-plus to around 30 persons.

‘We believe the proposals are a beneficial redevelopment of the Altachorvie site and should be granted planning consent.’

Altachorvie is presently on the market at offers over £1.25 million.