Dear community Members of the Grange Association,
It is with delight, and I must admit a little trepidation, that I would like to present the planning application details for numbers 14-16 Hope Terrace. I have been working to keeping information following with some of the main Association leaders since my family and I purchased the site at the end of last year.
As many in the area will be aware the site was previously a NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit. Although currently screened from the road, in total it extends over approximately 0.514 hectares and consists of two original Victorian Villas and a “unique” selection of haphazard concrete extensions which connect the buildings together, these include a undercover swimming pool and a tennis court. As a side note, neither of the buildings are listed, although clearly, they are located within an important conservation area. There are at least 3 significant mature trees on site including two beautiful copper beaches and a weeping ash, (which unfortunately seems to have a case of die-back which will need to be addressed in the spring / summer).
Before my family and I purchased Hope Terrace I am aware that there were several murmurings that the buildings were being considered for redevelopment into numerous flats. The houses were to be split out, and that the tennis court site was to have two semi-detached buildings placed upon it.
Our proposal is almost the exact oppose of this. https://we.tl/t-HHA1tlK1pE
We would like to re-instate the two existing villas, restoring the original boundary lines, creating two individual family homes, retaining as many of the original features as we can. I believe that both the Villas will benefit from new extensions, which need to be of appropriate scale and size. On the east side of the site, located on the old tennis court, I would like to propose the construction of one, new, detached single-family home.
It is my objective, where possible, to use as many of current palate of materials that are observable in area. I want to maintain the tone and character that makes the Grange special and distinctive. It is also my aim to ensure that the buildings complement and enhance their surroundings and are not obtrusive or overbearing, whilst also regenerating an empty and slightly unloved plot. This includes using stone walls, natural sandstone and slate, protecting the mature trees, retaining large gardens and green areas, using single story extensions (where possible) and basically ensuring the regeneration of Hope Terrace is sensitive to the character of the area.
Eventually, once complete, No 16 will regain is previous name of Forteviot House and No 14 will be re-named Mansfield Lodge as per the original land documentation for the site.
With best wishes,
Betsy Jane Williamson