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Home plan for tennis court.

Byline: KAIYA MARJORIBANKS

A six-bedroom home could be built on the tennis court of an even bigger home in Strathblane.

Sarwan Poddar has submitted an application to Stirling Council planners to develop the site in the grounds of Punchbowl House at 44 Old Mugdock Road.

Architects of the plans, Hoko Design, told the planners:"The applicant has extensive land with varying qualities and features.The proposal will take advantage of the lochside location and will be similar in scale, style and materiality to its neighbours.

"Punchbowl House was previously a large family home which has become under-utilised. The site has abnormally large grounds that cater to a number of different amenity spaces: a loch, mature evergreen trees, a tennis court with greenhouse, a pagoda with green open space and a waterfall.

"The client's objective is to build a new dwelling on the obsolete land where the tennis court is currently situated and unused."

They added that access would be shared with neighbouring Millwater House and there would be "generous"front facing parking, sheltered by screen planting.

Planning consultants for Mr Poddar said even without including the nearby loch, which is also owned by the applicant, the grounds of Punchbowl House were larger than most.

The existing tennis court was not being used, they added, but enough land existed to relocate it to the west side of the house in future if required.

The larger home's kitchen and swimming pool would be the rooms closest to the proposed house.

"The proposed house will have no visual impact from any surrounding location to which the public have access,"said the consultants."It has been designed and positioned to have no adverse impact on the amenity of the occupiers of Punchbowl House or of Milwater House, whether indoor amenity or from within the respective gardens.

"Its position is on on unused tennis court which lies lower and at some distance from Punchbowl House.The proposed house and most of Punchbowl House are not visible from any external or publicly-accessible locations."

The existing tall evergreen tree belt would, they say, ensure there was no impact on Milwater House from the site and the two buildings would not be visible together"from any location".

The front and rear of gardens of the new house would be comparable to that of many houses in they area, they added, and "indeed considerably in excess of garden size of contemporary suburban housing".

"The proposal is comparable to the majority of properties within a half mile circumference of the site. Whilst Punchbowl House is significantly larger, this is unavoidable as it dwarves the neighbourhood in comparison.

"The proposed house offers an opportunity to increase the supply of new housing in Strathblane without the need for greenfield encroachment, without any impact on neighbouring houses or their amenity."

Council planners will make a recommendation on the application in due course.

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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