Home development plan puts old court 'in dock'

PLANS have been lodged with the council to turn the historic old town hall and clock tower in Whithorn into a house.

The listed building, in George Street, was sold by the council after becoming surplus to requirements.

And it could, if councillors follow the recommendations to approve the plans, see the new owner's vision become a reality.

Jack Templeton, who has bought the two-storey property, wants to sub-divide the former courtroom into two bedrooms and a lounge.

His proposal for this part of the building would be reversible and would "not impact on the room's cornice and central rosarie detail".

There are also plans for a new timber staircase to be formed over the existing staircase linking the ground and first floors.

A kitchen and bathroom would be created in the mezzanine level within the second floor of the clocktower's rear extension.

Another bedroom is proposed in the rear wing at first floor level.

Concerns about the proposals had been raised by the council's conservation officer who felt that the subdivision of the former courtroom would affect the architectural character of the listed building.

But the submission of additional plans have now addressed the initial concerns.

The application will come before councillors at their meeting at the Council Chambers in Stranraer on January 12.

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