East Lothian couple win fight to replace bungalow

Monday January 22nd 2024

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Seventies bungalow at Trabroun Farm, outside Macmerry, is to be demolished.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A seventies bungalow that leaks energy ‘like a sieve’ is to be demolished and replaced with a new modern home despite planners concerns.

The house, at Trabroun Farm, outside Macmerry, was said to have been built as a ‘kit home’ in the seventies.

Owners Mr and Mrs Andrew Bain had applied to East Lothian Council for permission to knock it down and replace it with a new, larger home.

A meeting of the council’s Local Review Body last week heard planners had refused permission for the new house which they felt was too big.

They said the original bungalow was 5.3 metres high with a footprint of 195 square metres. The new home, they said, would be over 8 metres high with a second floor and ground floor footprint of 360 square metres.

They said it was not a ‘like for like’ replacement which would have been allowed in the countryside location.

However agents on behalf of the Bains said the original house was an early form of ‘kit housing’ and had a number of serious structural and energy efficient issues.

In their original supporting statement for the new home, they said: ““The existing bungalow leaks energy like a sieve.”

They pointed out no neighbours had objected to the proposed new home.

At a meeting of the Local Review Body Councillor Colin Yorkston said that while the increased footprint of the new home had raised some concern the new home would be an improvement on what was currently onsite.

He told the meeting: “I think in terms of the actual quality of the building that is presently there and what is going to be put in there given it is a seventies house, this sort of kit thing is not something that is going to be missed by anyone walking past.

Fellow review body member Councillor Donna Collins said the proposed new home had been designed to blend into the traditional buildings on the farm stead and would be an improvement to the site.

She said: “I actually find the new build a wee bit more complimentary than what we have at the moment.”

The review body unanimously upheld the appeal grant permission for the new house.

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