House in grounds of Maxiburn

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Property consultancy Knight Frank has lodged plans for a new house within the grounds of historic house, Maxiburn in Stonehaven.

Acting on behalf of local residents Mr and Mrs Cohen, Knight Frank has submitted an application for detailed planning permission to Aberdeenshire Council. The plans have been drawn up by architects, Grampian Design Associates for a traditional four-bed house.

Maxiburn lies on Bath Street in Stonehaven. It is surrounded by Victorian residential properties and is also adjacent to Fetteresso Church. It was built in 1895 and was commissioned by Professor John McKendrick, an eminent academic medical doctor, who used it as his summer house.

The plot identified for development is 0.12 hectares and fronts onto Slug Road, sloping down to a wooded area and burn. The proposed new dwelling house will complement and replicate Maxiburn. It will be Victorian in appearance and will use traditional materials to create sympathetic features including a grey slate roof, white wet dash walls and natural timber-stained doors and windows.

The site lies adjacent to a Conservation Area and as part of the planning application a detailed Tree Survey has been undertaken. To construct the new property some of the trees will be removed but this will help to maintain the health of mature trees.

Gary Purves, planner, Knight Frank said: “The overall style of the new property is that of a ‘gate house’ which would be appropriate in the setting of Maxiburn House. The style could be described as late Victorian and the selection of materials and detailing would replicate some features of Maxiburn, although the new dwelling will be much smaller in size in relation to Maxiburn.

“The amount of trees affected by the proposals will be limited to the absolute minimum. At present, the wooded area is unkempt and the removal of a few trees would be combined with a tree management plan designed to enhance the woodland.”