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‘A derelict 1 8th-century mansion with links to Spanish royalty is to be brought back to its former glory’ Aberdeen’s Press and Journal reported in 2004. The mansion, Wardhouse, near Insch has connections with Huntly also, as in the nineteenth century the Gordon family of Wardhouse regularly worshipped in St. Margaret’s Church, and were benefactors of the vanished Catholic School. Wardhouse’s restoration is in the hands of Douglas Forrest of Acanthus Architects Huntly, widely experienced in the conservation and repair of historic buildings, Aberdeen’s King’s College and Keithhall near Inverurie among them.

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@Carolyn Gilsenan

The ‘new’ Wardhouse will look much as the old mansion before the second World War, as Mr Forrest will make only minor alterations externally. ‘Inside we have a clean slate. It is an architect’s dream project’ he told The Sunday Times.

 

Wardhouse ‘is very old, but not as old as the family’ Josť Maria Gordon noted in his Chronicles of a Gay Gordon (1921). Originally an old castle near Insch, named ‘Wardens’ in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland (1515), was the family’s home. Josť Maria’s father inherited the 18th-century Wardhouse in the 1 860s. His great-grandfather had gone into exile in Spain in the days when Catholics’ estates were forfeit in Scotland and devoted himself to making ‘white sherry wine’. ‘Business went well with him’ and later Gordons joined in producing this ‘nectar of the gods’.

 

Unfortunately, Josť Maria told nothing of indoor life at Wardhouse. Mostly, his reminiscences were of the gamekeeper, Tom Kennedy, while Tom’s black pipe and black twist tobacco were pungent memories. Once Mr Forrest has restored the game-keeper’s cottage, it will look from the front just as it did in Tom’s time, with white walls and cast iron gutters. Inside the old cottage will be two double bedrooms, while a glazed corridor installed at the rear will lead to a new extension including an open-plan living area, warmed by a wood-burning stove, with large glass sliding doors offering a view to the south.

 

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@Acanthus Architects (Douglas Forrest)

 

An old summerhouse behind what remains of the walled garden will be restored. Built of brick, and lime-washed, it will incorporate the remains of the original gardeners’ bothy. An old coach house too will be restored even an old earth closet will become a bin store.

 

Before they inherited Wardhouse through marriage these Gordons were Lairds of Beldorney, a castle near the Deveron. It was the second Laird of Wardhouse, Arthur Gordon, who started the 18th-century building, calling his new house ‘Arthur’s Seat’. Recently married and eager to forge ahead with his project, he was dissuaded by the Duke of Gordon from going to Culloden, and a song mocking this ‘valiant son of Mars’ echoed through the north-east. Seemingly unabashed, he furnished Arthur’s Seat from the sale of an executed Jacobite’s household goods.

 

It is ironic that among Wardhouse’s contents sold by the tenth Laird in 1898 was a waistcoat sewn by Mrs John Gordon of Beldorney for Prince Charlie to wear when the Stuarts were restored to the Throne. The waistcoat and other Jacobite relics cannot be traced, but it is known that a letter written by the Prince went to Kinlochmoidart, the castle restored by William Leiper in the 1 880s for Robert Stewart, a Glaswegian distiller with Jacobite sympathies.

 

It was the fifth Laird, Charles Edward Gordon, who built the Wardhouse now awaiting restoration. In The Spanish Gordons and Huntly (Ann Dean and Michael Morrison (2001)) Ann Dean suggests that he used some stones from Arthur’s Seat, and these may have come from Wardens. He incorporated an ‘Arthur’s Seat’ plaque from the older building, and near the mansion he planted ‘mixed woodlands of oak, beech and some conifers’. These flourished until the 1950s when they were felled by James Cordiner of Aberdeen who bought and gutted Wardhouse.

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@Acanthus Architects (Douglas Forrest)

Charles Edward was fifth Laird of Kildrummy too, the castle where the Earl of Mar planned a rising to restore the Stuarts to the Throne. After the ill-fated ‘15 the Earl fled to France, and the ruinous castle was left to deteriorate further. Lord Byron, who had visited his Gordon cousins in Jerez and sampled their sherry, lamented Kildrummy’s downfall:

 

‘In the once blooming garden the hemlock and thistle

Have choked up the rose which late bloomed in the way’

but that dreary scene changed with the planting of trees, some the natural habitat of the red squirrel, and one indigenous to the mountains of southern Spain. Hylda Smith, associated with the Castle’s Garden Trust, believed that this tree and two honeysuckles were brought from Spain by Gordons returning from exile.

 

The spirit of these ‘green’ Gordons will be evoked at Wardhouse’s 31 acres of park and woodland, as Mr Forrest hopes to restore the lawn, a network of footpaths and a water feature.

 

It was the tenth laird, Rafael Gordon, who sold Kildrummy, and would have sold Wardhouse had it reached its reserve price. More Spanish than Scottish he was born in Madrid’s Royal Palace while his mother was Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Maria Cristina he was companion to the young King Alfonso XHI, and from this association stems the story that in 1906 King Alfonso and his bride, Ena, spent their honeymoon at Wardhouse.

 

One writer donned the mantle of a romantic novelist, imagining a Wardhouse where Spanish royalty tasted whisky while the rustle of Spanish lace and the ghostly sighs of royal lovers could be heard in the night wind. But Alfonso and Ena spent their brief stay in Aberdeenshire as guests of Lady Leith at Fyvie.

 

Perhaps Rafael Gordon was not too disappointed when Wardhouse didn’t sell, for he returned there every surmner until King Alfonso was deposed in 1931 and went into exile in Italy. Rafael returned to Scotland, and died in 1933. His family remained in Spain and Wardhouse’s long decline began, hastened no doubt by its requisition by the Army during the Second World War, and then by Mr Cordiner who took away panelling and marble fireplaces, and removed the roof to avoid heavy taxes. Stone salvaged from the site will be used to raise a wall head at the rear of the mansion. Early work on the restoration has discovered old slates, and it is hoped to find a match for the original blue-coloured spotted slate’ or ‘homfels’ from the Foudland quarries.

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@Acanthus Architects (Douglas Forrest)

 

Grants from Historic Scotland will help the mansion’s restoration and details such as cast iron gutters and roof lights, the design of windows, and hardwood external doors and dormer windows to accord with historical evidence, will be as approved by Historic Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. Some new houses in Wardhouse’s woodland areas will help finance the mansion’s restoration. Their siting has been chosen with great care to allow a view from these properties while restricting their visibility both from the public road and from the main house.

 

The Spanish Gordons association with St. Margaret’s and Huntly was revived around the time of the Town’s Gordon 2000 event, and fostered by the publication of The Spanish Gordons and Huntly, now translated into Spanish. Michael Morrison continues to trace Spanish Gordons and, through his attendance at the First Gordon Congress in Madrid in November 2004, has effectively become liaison officer between Huntly and branches of the family.

 

The Smith family at Wardhouse’s Home Farm, who have owned and watched over the mansion for nearly half a century, have welcomed plans for the new Wardhouse as ‘a life-saving scheme’ since the building ‘has deteriorated quite considerably in recent years’.

 

A painting of Wardhouse by James Giles, noted in a report of the 1898 sale, cannot be traced, but Carolyn Gilsenan’s picture of Wardhouse in 2004 is shown here with her kind permission.

 

 

Elevations, and the artists impressions of the site, shown in these pages are copyright of Acanthus Architects Douglas Forrest, Huntly and are reproduced here with Mr Forrest’s kind permission. The writer cordially acknowledges his help and that of Angela Dow of Acanthus Architects Huntly.

 

Again the writer is indebted to Rainbow Enterprises for their help and expertise.

 

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@ Aberdeenshire Council Planning Authority

(D) Reference Number M/APP/2004/1476 and M/APP/2004/1484 - Full Planning Permission for Renovation of House to Form 7 Dwellings Conversion of 3 Buildings to Form 3 Dwellings, Alterations and Extension to Dwelling, Erection of 5 Dwellings, Formation of Access Road and Associated Works at Wardhouse, Kennethmont, Insch and Listed Building Consent for Restoration of House to Form 7 Dwellings, Conversion of 2 Buildings to Form 2 Dwellings & Alterations & Extension to Dwellinghouse at Wardhouse, Kennethmont, Insch

Applicant: Wardhouse Estate Per Agent
Agent: Acanthus Architects Douglas Forrest, Spence Mill Gordon Street, Huntly

 


With reference to the Minute of Meeting of the Committee of 28 September 2004 (Item 6F) when it had been agreed to defer consideration of the application pending a site visit and to seek further information from the applicant on the five new dwellings proposed, the Committee had before them a further report by the Head of Planning and Building Control indicating that the site visit had taken place on 26 October 2004 and that further information on the proposed new houses had been provided by the applicant as requested. The report indicated that the application had been advertised as a potential departure from policy, that no further representations had been received as a result of that advert and that it was recommended that authority be delegated to the Head of Planning & Building Control to grant the application subject to a binding legal agreement to control the enabling development and restoration of the main house, the conclusion of the remaining outstanding issues and a number of conditions. The reasons for the potential departure from policy being that (a) the proposed development would enable the applicant to secure the necessary funds to carry out the reinstatement of a Category B Listed Building, (b) all the sites had been carefully chosen to minimise their impact on both the Listed Building and the surrounding countryside, and (c) the applicant had agreed to phase the proposed development in accordance with an agreed schedule of works through the setting up of a Section 75 Agreement.

Following discussion on the scale of the alterations to the Gamekeepers Cottage, the potential visual impact of the extension to the Steel Barn, the use of renewables and planning gain proposals, the Committee agreed to approve the recommendation and -

(1) to delegate authority to the Head of Planning and Building Control to grant full planning permission subject to the applicant being encouraged to take measures to minimise the visual impact of the conversion of the Steel barn on the landscape and to the following conditions -

(a) negotiation of a binding legal agreement in respect of developer contributions to offset the impact of the development, and to cover the phasing of the development, to ensure the times completion of the restoration work for Wardhouse, gamekeepers cottage, coach house and privy, and subject to an approved scheme, the walled garden.

(b) the submission of satisfactory porosity test certificates for all of the proposed residential units on the site, and associated map to identify the locations of the tests.

(c) the submission of an appropriate detailed landscape proposal including detailed timescales, and an associated maintenance scheme for the continuos management of the landscape.

(d) the following conditions -

(i) That the development hereby granted shall be begun on or before the expiration of five years beginning with the date on which the planning permission is granted or deemed to have been granted.

Reason - Pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

(ii) That notwithstanding the provisions of Classes 1, 3 and 7 of Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 or any order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order the proposed dwellinghouses shall not be altered in any way nor any building or means of enclosure erected within the curtilage of each dwellinghouse without an express grant of planning permission from the Planning Authority. Prior to the occupation of any of the dwellinghouses hereby approved, details of the restrictive covenants to be imposed on owners of each property shall be submitted for the written approval of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of the character and appearance of the development

(iii) The boundaries, if marked, may only be marked by a simple post and wire fence or deciduous hedging, unless an alternative is first approved in writing by the Planning Authority. Where fencing has to be badger proof, details of the fencing shall be submitted for the further approval of the Planning Authority prior to the commencement of development

Reason -The fencing and other means of enclosure are essential elements in the detailed design of this development and the application is not accompanied by sufficient details to enable the Planning Authority to give proper consideration to these matters.

(iv) That the proposed garages shall be used only for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouses.

Reason - In the interests of the residential amenity of the surrounding area.

(v) The site shall be landscaped in accordance with the detailed proposals and timescales identified on the approved landscaping scheme, to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority. That from the date on which this planning permission is granted the existing trees and shrubs on the site shall not be lopped, topped, felled, removed or disturbed in any way without the prior written consent of the Planning Authority.

Reason - To ensure the implementation of a satisfactory scheme of landscaping which will help to integrate the proposed development into the local landscape in the interests of the visual amenity of the area.

(vi) The landscape shall be managed on a continuous basis in accordance with a maintenance scheme that shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the Planning Authority prior to the occupation of any of the dwellinghouses on the site. Details of the method of organising and funding the management proposals must be submitted in addition to the maintenance scheme.

Reason - To ensure the continued management of the site to protect its diverse character and habitats.

(vii) No works shall take place within 30 metres of an identified badger sett, regardless of whether it appears to be in use, without the prior written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage. Any chemicals shall be stored as far away from the badger setts and paths as possible. Trenches shall be covered at the end of each working day, or a means of escape provided for any animals falling in. Warning signs shall be erected at the entrance to the site to make drivers aware that badgers may be crossing the roads.

Reason - To ensure the continued protection of badgers throughout the course of construction, and no works are carried out without a license that require one.

(viii) Prior to the commencement of any works required within 30 metres of an identified badger sett, an experienced badger surveyor must carry out a bait marking exercise. The results of the survey shall be submitted for the further consideration of the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage. If badgers are to be excluded from any of the setts on the site, alternative suitable setts must be available, or an artificial sett must be created. The location and timing of building any artificial sett shall be agreed in writing with the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage prior to any work commencing on site. All exclusion works and the building of artificial setts must be carried out by an experienced badger contractor. Badger proof fencing shall be erected as shown on drawing number 545-PL-04, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage.

Reason - To ensure that the exclusion work and artificial setts are successful in providing an alternative home for the badgers.

(ix) That no development in connection with the planning permission hereby approved shall take place unless full details of the proposed means of disposal of surface water from the development have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority, surface water shall be disposed of via the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and the development shall not be brought into use unless the agreed drainage system has been provided in its entirety.

Reason - To ensure the provision of an acceptable drainage system in the interests of the amenity of the area, and to prevent potential water pollution.

(x) That no works in connection with this permission hereby approved shall commence unless a detailed site-specific construction method statement has been submitted to and approved in writing by the planning authority. The construction method statement shall include details of temporary measures proposed to deal with surface water run-off during construction and prior to the operation of the final SUDS scheme. Once agreed, all construction works on the site shall comply with the approved construction method statement.

Reason - In the interests of preventing water pollution

(xi) Prior to the occupation of any house on the site, all refuse material shall be removed from the former gravel pit to the south of house plot C to a suitable landfill site, and the waste transfer notes submitted to the Planning Authority. The former gravel pit shall be permanently and securely fenced and posted with warning signs, all to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of public health and safety.

(xii) Prior to the occupation of any house on the site, further details of the quality and quantity of the private water supply shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Environmental Health.

Reason - In the interests of public health and safety.

(xiii) Notwithstanding the details shown on the approved drawings, the proposed windows to the ground floor of unit 7 on the north elevation are not approved (marked in green on the approved plans). Details of an alternative method of glazing for the four openings shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland prior to the commencement of work on Wardhouse.

Reason - In the interests of protecting the historic character of the building.

(xiv) Prior to the commencement of development, full specifications for the windows and doors for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. In addition, details of the doors for the proposed garage court shall be provided. These details shall include details of the construction, materials, colours and glazing and elevations and cross sections at a scale of 1:5 or 1:10.

Reason - To ensure the detail of the windows and doors are acceptable for the listed properties concerned.

(xv) Prior to the commencement of development, full details of proposed masonry repairs, indenting, lime pointing, reconstruction/stabilisation work, and treatment for retention/restoration of surviving internal features such as fireplaces, arches and stone stairs for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. Samples of the new stone for indenting and reconstruction work shall be made available for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority prior to any works taking place.

Reason - To ensure the repair work is sympathetic to the listed properties concerned.

(xvi) Prior to the commencement of development, details of the proposed roof works (including rooflights, dormers, ventilation, slates and chimneys) and rainwater goods for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. Samples of the proposed slates shall be made available for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority prior to any works taking place.

Reason - To ensure the repair work is sympathetic to the listed properties concerned.

(xvii) Notwithstanding the details shown on the approved drawings, the brick for the summerhouse and garage court is not approved. These buildings shall be finished in a lime harl, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority. Prior to the commencement of any harling works, a sample panel shall be provided for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland.

Reason - In the interests of protecting the historic character of the building

(xviii) Prior to the commencement of development, full details of the proposed materials and construction of access roads, tracks and hardstanding areas shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of the character and appearance of the development

(xix) Prior to the commencement of development, details of the proposed restoration works for the walled garden walls shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland.

Reason - To ensure a suitable level of restoration of the walled garden.

(xx) Prior to the commencement of development, full details of the proposed finishing materials and colours of the five new dwellinghouses and the barn conversion shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority. Where appropriate, samples of these finishes and colours, or British Standard Colour Numbers shall be provided for consideration.

Reason - In the interests of the character and appearance of the development.

(xxi) That no other development in connection with the permission hereby approved shall take place and the access hereby approved shall not be brought into use unless visibility of 120 metres in both directions along the U69S road has been provided from a point 3 metres measured at right angles from the existing carriageway surface along the centre line of the approved new access. Once formed, the visibility splays shall be permanently retained thereafter and no visual obstruction of any kind shall be permitted within the visibility splays so formed. The U69S road shall be widened to 5.5 metres across the new bellmouth. The new access shall be formed 5.5 metres wide for the first 10 metres with 7.6 metres bellmouth radii all to be surfaced in bitmac. The ditch over which the access will cross shall be piped. The U69S road shall be widened to 5.5 metres across the new bellmouth.

Reason - To enable drivers of vehicles using the access to have a clear view of other road users and pedestrians in the interests of road safety.

(xxii) That no other development in connection with the permission hereby approved shall take place and the access hereby approved shall not be brought into use unless visibility of 106 metres in a westerly direction and 160 metres in an easterly direction along the B9002 has been provided from a point 3 metres measured at right angles from the existing carriageway surface along the centre line of the driveway. Once formed, the visibility splays shall be permanently retained thereafter and no visual obstruction of any kind shall be permitted within the visibility splays so formed.

Reason - To enable drivers of vehicles using the access to have a clear view of other road users and pedestrians in the interests of road safety.

(xxiii) No development shall take place before a programme of work is implemented that secures delivery of a desk-based assessment of the complete designed landscape, a survey of the upstanding buildings, previously unrecorded archaeological features, boundaries etc, and their analysis and publication, where appropriate.

Reason - To ensure that the archaeological interest on the site is adequately protected and recorded.

(xxiv) That the boundary wall at the access with the B9002 is repositioned using the downtakings from the existing wall, and is built to match exactly the appearance and construction of the existing wall, to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority.

Reason – To safeguard the future of the wall that is protected under the listing of Wardhouse.

(xxv) A photographic record is required to be taken prior to any demolition, conversion or alteration work taking place. Views shall be taken of all elevations and should also include shots of any unusual internal or external feature/s. Photographs, which may be digital, shall be of good quality, showing all views and features clearly. (Please ensure any scanned, digitised or copied images are printed on good quality paper and are free from flaws). Photos shall be clearly marked with place name for identification, and grid reference and shall be submitted to the Council's Archaeology Service in Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen.

Reason – To ensure a complete historic record of the building is retained.

(2) that authority to grant Listed Building Consent be delegated to the Head of Planning and Building Control subject to the following conditions -

(i) That works to implement this consent shall begin before the expiration of five years from the date of this consent.

Reason: Pursuant to Section 16 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997


(ii) That notwithstanding the provisions of Classes 1, 3 and 7 of Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 or any order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order the proposed dwellinghouses shall not be altered in any way nor any building or means of enclosure erected within the curtilage of each dwellinghouse without an express grant of planning permission from the Planning Authority. Prior to the occupation of any of the dwellinghouses hereby approved, details of the restrictive covenants to be imposed on owners of each property shall be submitted for the written approval of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of the character and appearance of the development


(iii) The boundaries, if marked, may only be marked by a simple post and wire fence or deciduous hedging, unless an alternative is first approved in writing by the Planning Authority. Where fencing has to be badger proof, details of the fencing shall be submitted for the further approval of the Planning Authority prior to the commencement of development

Reason - The fencing and other means of enclosure are essential elements in the detailed design of this development and the application is not accompanied by sufficient details to enable the Planning Authority to give proper consideration to these matters.


(iv) That the proposed garages shall be used only for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouses.

Reason - In the interests of the residential amenity of the surrounding area.

(v) The site shall be landscaped in accordance with the detailed proposals and timescales identified on the landscaping scheme, to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority. That from the date on which this planning permission is granted the existing trees and shrubs on the site shall not be lopped, topped, felled, removed or disturbed in any way without the prior written consent of the Planning Authority.

Reason - To ensure the implementation of a satisfactory scheme of landscaping which will help to integrate the proposed development into the local landscape in the interests of the visual amenity of the area.


(vi) The landscape shall be managed on a continuous basis in accordance with a maintenance scheme that shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the Planning Authority prior to the occupation of any of the dwellinghouses on the site. Details of the method of organising and funding the management proposals must be submitted in addition to the maintenance scheme.

Reason - To ensure the continued management of the site to protect its diverse character and habitats.


(vii) No works shall take place within 30 metres of an identified badger sett, regardless of whether it appears to be in use, without the prior written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage. Any chemicals shall be stored as far away from the badger setts and paths as possible. Trenches shall be covered at the end of each working day, or a means of escape provided for any animals falling in. Warning signs shall be erected at the entrance to the site to make drivers aware that badgers may be crossing the roads.

Reason - To ensure the continued protection of badgers throughout the course of construction, and no works are carried out without a license that require one.


(viii) Prior to the commencement of any works required within 30 metres of an identified badger sett, an experienced badger surveyor must carry out a bait marking exercise. The results of the survey shall be submitted for the further consideration of the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage. If badgers are to be excluded from any of the setts on the site, alternative suitable setts must be available, or an artificial sett must be created. The location and timing of building any artificial sett shall be agreed in writing with the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage prior to any work commencing on site. All exclusion works and the building of artificial setts must be carried out by an experienced badger contractor. Badger proof fencing shall be erected as shown on drawing number 545-PL-04, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage.

Reason - To ensure that the exclusion work and artificial setts are successful in providing an alternative home for the badgers.


(ix) That no development in connection with the planning permission hereby approved shall take place unless full details of the proposed means of disposal of surface water from the development have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority, surface water shall be disposed of via the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and the development shall not be brought into use unless the agreed drainage system has been provided in its entirety.

Reason - To ensure the provision of an acceptable drainage system in the interests of the amenity of the area, and to prevent potential water pollution.


(x) That no works in connection with this permission hereby approved shall commence unless a detailed site-specific construction method statement has been submitted to and approved in writing by the planning authority. The construction method statement shall include details of temporary measures proposed to deal with surface water run-off during construction and prior to the operation of the final SUDS scheme. Once agreed, all construction works on the site shall comply with the approved construction method statement.

Reason - In the interests of preventing water pollution


(xi) Prior to the occupation of any house on the site, all refuse material shall be removed from the former gravel pit to the south of house plot C to a suitable landfill site, and the waste transfer notes submitted to the Planning Authority. The former gravel pit shall be permanently and securely fenced and posted with warning signs, all to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of public health and safety.


(xii) Prior to the occupation of any house on the site, further details of the quality and quantity of the private water supply shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Environmental Health.

Reason - In the interests of public health and safety.


(xiii) Notwithstanding the details shown on the approved drawings, the proposed windows to the ground floor of unit 7 on the north elevation are not approved (marked in green on the approved plans). Details of an alternative method of glazing for the four openings shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland prior to the commencement of work on Wardhouse.

Reason - In the interests of protecting the historic character of the building.


(xiv) Prior to the commencement of development, full specifications for the windows and doors for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. In addition, details of the doors for the proposed garage court shall be provided. These details shall include details of the construction, materials, colours and glazing and elevations and cross sections at a scale of 1:5 or 1:10.

Reason - To ensure the detail of the windows and doors are acceptable for the listed properties concerned.


(xv) Prior to the commencement of development, full details of proposed masonry repairs, indenting, lime pointing, reconstruction/stabilisation work, and treatment for retention/restoration of surviving internal features such as fireplaces, arches and stone stairs for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. Samples of the new stone for indenting and reconstruction work shall be made available for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority prior to any works taking place.

Reason - To ensure the repair work is sympathetic to the listed properties concerned.


(xvi) Prior to the commencement of development, details of the proposed roof works (including rooflights, dormers, ventilation, slates and chimneys) and rainwater goods for Wardhouse, the gamekeeper's cottage, the summerhouse, privy and the coach house shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland. Samples of the proposed slates shall be made available for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority prior to any works taking place.

Reason - To ensure the repair work is sympathetic to the listed properties concerned.


(xvii) Notwithstanding the details shown on the approved drawings, the brick for the summerhouse and garage court is not approved. These buildings shall be finished in a lime harl, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Planning Authority. Prior to the commencement of any harling works, a sample panel shall be provided for the inspection and written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland.

Reason - In the interests of protecting the historic character of the building


(xviii) Prior to the commencement of development, full details of the proposed materials and construction of access roads, tracks and hardstanding areas shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority.

Reason - In the interests of the character and appearance of the development


(xix) Prior to the commencement of development, details of the proposed restoration works for the walled garden walls shall be provided for the further written approval of the Planning Authority in consultation with Historic Scotland.

Reason - To ensure a suitable level of restoration of the walled garden.

(xx) No development shall take place before a programme of work is implemented that secures delivery of a desk-based assessment of the complete designed landscape, a survey of the upstanding buildings, previously unrecorded archaeological features, boundaries etc, and their analysis and publication, where appropriate.

Reason - To ensure that the archaeological interest on the site is adequately protected and recorded.

(xxi) That the boundary wall at the access with the B9002 is repositioned using the downtakings from the existing wall, and is built to match exactly the appearance and construction of the existing wall, to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority.


Reason – To safeguard the future of the wall that is protected under the listing of Wardhouse.

(xxii) A photographic record is required to be taken prior to any demolition, conversion or alteration work taking place. Views shall be taken of all elevations and should also include shots of any unusual internal or external feature/s. Photographs, which may be digital, shall be of good quality, showing all views and features clearly. (Please ensure any scanned, digitised or copied images are printed on good quality paper and are free from flaws). Photos shall be clearly marked with place name for identification, and grid reference and shall be submitted to the Council's Archaeology Service in Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen.

Reason – To ensure a complete historic record of the building is retained.