Aberdeen City Council to take action after 145 trees cut down without consent at historic home

Inchgarth House, Garthdee, Aberdeen. Kirkwood Homes had lodged an application for works at the C listed building, but have now withdrawn the application. Work had already been done without the required permission.

Aberdeen City Council will take enforcement action after trees were cut down at a historic mansion without consent.

Kirkwood Homes had lodged an application for work at C-listed Inchgarth House, in Garthdee, to build a new access and driveway, pillars and landscaping.

But the application was withdrawn by the developers for the third time.

Members of the city council’s planning development management committee were told between 145 and 207 mature trees have already been removed without permission and some engineering and groundworks have also been carried out on the site without the necessary planning consent.

Councillors were told by officers there were “concerns” over the extent of the works that have taken place which they said have had an “adverse impact” on the historic building.

A unanimous decision was taken by the committee to take enforcement action within the site. This will call for the removal of existing unauthorised driveway work, the reinstatement of site landscaping and the planting of new trees on site.

A report by officers said: “This is required in the interest of preservation of the setting of the listed building, preservation of the character of the conservation area and to mitigate the adverse tree impact of the unauthorised site works.”

Convener of the committee Councillor Jennifer Stewart said: “It seems to me a wrong has been done.

“That’s a huge number of trees that will affect the environment and the conservation area.”

The council does not have an exact figure for how much money the work would cost the applicant but said it would be “significant”.

Councillors were told there is a separate legal process ongoing regarding the site.

The entire site had been covered by ancient woodland dating from 1750.

Inchgarth House was built around 1860 for Lieutenant George Skene Tayler, an ex-naval man, who made his fortune in the Far East.

In 2009, the house was put on the market with a price tag of more than £1 million.

Kirkwood Homes was approached by the Evening Express but declined to comment.