Firm in bid to overturn decision on chimney at listed Aberdeen mansion

Inchgarth House, Garthdee, Aberdeen.

Councillors were today set to decide on work being carried out to change an historic Aberdeen mansion.

Last August, Kirkwood Homes asked Aberdeen City Council if it could build a dummy chimney at Inchgarth House in Garthdee – a mansion built in the late 19th Century for ex-naval officer Lieutenant George Skene Taylor, who made his fortune in the Far East.

The building’s listed status and location within the green belt and the Pitfodels Conservation Area restricts what changes can be made to the building.

In November, council planning officers decided to refuse permission for the chimney.

According to the decision report, the council said the chimney would fail to comply with council policies “in that the design and scale of the proposal would not maintain the special architectural and historic interest of the listed building and would have a negative impact on the character of the conservation area and on the green belt”.

The report added: “There are no material planning considerations that would outweigh the above policy position and warrant approval of the application.”

When decisions are made by planning officers under delegated powers rather than by councillors on the council’s planning committee, applicants can ask the council’s local review body to overturn the decision. A hearing was set to take place at the Town House today at which four councillors were poised to decide if the chimney can be built.

The house was put on the market in 2009 with a price tag of more than £1 million and the application is one of a series of proposals to alter the building and the land around it in the past few years.

Kirkwood Homes also asked the council for permission to build a new garage, access road and driveway at the C-listed property, but withdrew a planning application last May.

In the same month, the planning development management committee triggered enforcement action on the site after it emerged between 145 and 208 mature trees were cut down without permission.

The council is currently considering two other planning applications – one to build a garage and the other to build a storage building. Both schemes include proposed changes for access and landscaping.