Further delays over Anne House decision

THE future of Stranraer’s Anne House has once again been left up in the air as councillors delayed making a decision about demolishing it.

The historic house on Bellevilla Road was due before the council’s planning applications committee on Wednesday but a deferral was sought for a second time to allow further information to be presented which could affect the final decision.

S&A Homes is seeking to flatten the category-B listed 1800s house but new information relating to a possible sale has been made available, causing councillors to step back from deciding its fate.

A cash buyer has offered a price of between £80,000-£90,000 to save the house and restore it to living accommodation after protesters voiced their dismay at the potential loss of the building.

Other suggestions for the building had included converting it for use as a community hub and arts centre.

Although little historical evidence exists about the importance of the house, planners admit that it once stood apart from the town, accessed only by a small track from the seashore – which was unusual for the Stranraer area.

The application will come back to committee in the new year.