Causewayhead is a popular residential area on the edge of Stirling City and offers useful day to day facilities. Nearby Bridge of Allan has a greater range of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants. The historic city of Stirling is readily accessible and offers extensive shopping, leisure and recreational amenities. It also boasts many buildings of historical interest and national importance including Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument which is in close proximity to the property. There are well respected secondary schools within Stirling, as well as excellent private schooling at Fairview International School in Bridge of Allan and Dollar Academy in Dollar. Stirling University`s campus provides wonderful sporting amenities and also the MacRoberts Art Centre. The train station in Stirling provides direct services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and London (local connections from Bridge of Allan). The surrounding countryside offers a plethora of outdoor pursuits including hacking, walking, fishing, shooting, hill walking, golfing, wildlife watching, mountain biking and canoeing. Edinburgh and Glasgow`s extensive amenities and airports are easily accessible via the M9 / M80 motorway network.
HISTORIC LISTING & PLANNING STATEMENT
Craigton is listed Category B reference LB10429. It can be assumed that this category listing will include all buildings that are currently on site. Listed Building Consent will be required in relation to any and all buildings on site, if purchasers propose to alter them in any way internally and/or externally.
The site is shown as being within the ‘Green Belt and Countryside on the Stirling Local Development Plan Proposals Map’ wherein development is restricted, which includes new dwellings. The Council’s Supplementary Guidance Housing in the Countryside (May 2020) sets out residential development that is acceptable in the part of the Countryside that is Green Belt with the basis upon which dwellings may be acceptable being summarised on page 5 of that document. This suggests, that in principle, limited further development may be acceptable on the site, subject to compliance with ‘Supplementary Guidance and all other policies in the Local Development Plan’. Other designations that should be taken into account by potential purchasers include the fact that land to the north and west is defined as a ‘Local Landscape Area’ and the vicinity of the Abbey Craig and Wallace Monument. All of these will need to be taken into account in designing any new development on the site.
The site has Detailed Planning Permission for the “Conversion of semi-derelict farm buildings into 2 new dwelling houses” (ref:18/00430/FUL) and Listed Building Consent for the “Conversion of semi-derelict farm buildings into 2 new dwelling houses, retention of a listed circular horse mill, retention and refurbishment of the other existing buildings” (ref:18/00661/LBC). There is also Listed Building Consent for the separate “Demolition of redundant farm outbuildings” (ref:18/00804/LBC). This Listed Building Consent accompanied a Detailed Planning Application for “Replacement of redundant farm outbuildings with new dwelling house (Ref: 18/00785/FUL), but this Application was withdrawn before being determined. A further Detailed Planning Application was subsequently submitted for the “Erection of one dwelling house” (ref:19/00645/FUL), but this was also withdrawn before being determined. Drawings for these Applications are all available on the Council website by putting the Application number in the Simple Search box and pressing return.
It is important that potential purchasers examine all of the drawings because the planning history is complex and should be examined in chronological order, which is denoted by the applications submitted in 2018 and the number identifying when in order they were submitted. It may be possible to look again at the option of a further dwelling, as previously applied for, but this should be discussed in detail with the Council and/or with an experienced and appropriately qualified professional consultant able to advise on what is a complex site. Potential purchasers, once they have reviewed the planning history, will note that developer contributions were not required in relation to Detailed Planning Permission ref:18/00430/ FUL. However, potential purchasers are advised to speak to the Council directly about this issue, if they intend to consider applying for planning permission for further dwellings upon the land. Because of the listed status of the buildings, the Green Belt location, and complex planning history, potential purchasers are strongly encouraged to discuss any proposals they have with the site with the Council, who are always willing to provide pre-application advice or with an experienced and appropriately qualified professional consultant.
Alternatively, purchasers can contact Baird Lumsden’ s Head of Planning, Paul Houghton MRTPI, who has been involved in the site previously.
Craigton Farmhouse comprises of a traditional B-Listed farmhouse requiring repair and renovation. There are a number of attractive architectural and period features in the property and some rooms have been modernised in recent years. The property has a white washed render under a slate roof and the accommodation is over two levels, comprising of:
Ground Floor: Kitchen, Study, Dining Room, Living Room
First Floor: 4 Bedrooms. Family bathroom (showering cabinet, bath, WC and WHB)
The property has a courtyard to the rear accessing the two steadings with full planning consent and to the front of the property are mature garden grounds with some seedling trees, shrubs and attractive open views over the surrounding countryside to the North and the hills beyond.
The steadings by the entrance, with the roundel, have full planning consent as per the above planning statement. They are a combination of traditional white washed stone construction and brick construction under slate, corrugated and tiled roof. The steadings are functional though in need of repair.
To the south of the farmhouse there are two further steadings. One comprises of a traditional stone byre with white washed stone under a slate and tiled roof. ‘Bothy accommodation’ was formerly offered within.
The steading to the far rear is also of stone construction under a tiled roof and comprises of a one bedroom farm cottage with a hay store and stable block adjoining.
The grazing land falls to the north and North West of the property (approximately 1 acre 0.4Ha including the paddock and grazing land to the roadside in front of the roundel). The land has been classified as Grade 4.1 by The James Hutton Institute. The land may historically have been used for cattle but more recently for equestrian and sheep grazing purposes. The field provides privacy to the boundaries of Craigton Farmhouse and useful amenity ground. The field is accessed from the property and by a field gate to the road, there are fenced boundaries. The land is offered with vacant possession.