Glenkindie steading set for approval

PLANS for the redevelopment of a Donside steading look set to win approval despite opposition from Aberdeenshire Council planners.

The application for full planning permission, for the conversion of a steading near Ley Farmhouse, Glenkindie, Alford, had come from Sophie Painter and Simon Beswick of The Ley, Glenkindie.

Members of the Marr Area Committee were told in a planning service report, that the steading concerned was U-shaped and it had originally been proposed to convert it into three units. However, the current application sought only to redevelop the building, to create one dwelling, on two levels.

The report said: "The current proposal has not been designed to fit the existing building, it is more a case of making the existing building fit the design."

The planners said that, considering the size of the existing steading and the number and size of proposed new openings, a corridor extension and proposals to raise the wall-head of one wing, the plans did not comply with policy and they recommended refusal.

The Council's roads service also recommended refusal because, they said, the existing access to the site did not meet current road safety standards.

However, Councillor Alastair Ross said that he liked the proposed design and believed the committee should approve it. "I think it is a very sensitive proposal," he said.

Councillor Joanna Strathdee agreed, saying that she liked the use of glass in a corridor, within the U-shaped steading, that the planners had considered "inappropriate."

Committee chairwoman Moira Ingleby said that she also liked the glass corridor, which was needed to bring some light into that area of the building. And Councillor Peter Argyle said he also considered it to be acceptable.

The committee agreed to delegate final approval to the head of development management and building control.