Developer unveils dream for Larbert historic mansion

Larbert House as it could have looked if plans were approved

Larbert House as it could have looked if plans were approved

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Plans to transform a derelict mansion into housing are moving forward.

Larbert House, next to the NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital, has lain vacant for years.

But new life could be breathed into the 19th century building if planning permission is approved next week.

Grant Keenan from Strathyre Properties Limited has applied to build 56 homes on the site, creating 12 flats in the old building, a further eight flats in an extension to the house and building 18 mews homes from the stable blocks.

The £12.5 million development will also include detached houses in the walled garden and land to the east of the house.

Mr Keenan, who lives in Larbert with wife Fiona and their three children, said he is keen to retain as much of the character of the house, built in 1822 for Sir Gilbert Stirling, as possible.

He said: “We have worked closely with the original design of the house and we are trying to recreate that with the new build.

“We are also using the old stonework for as much of the work as possible. The main difference to the house will be that the tower won’t be rebuilt, but that was only added for a visit for Royalty and so was not an original feature.

“Sir Gilbert was expecting a visit from Queen Victoria and so added the tower to impress her, however in the end she didn’t turn up so his efforts were in vain.”

Strathyre Properties have produced 3D plans of their proposed development overlooking the lake and if planning is approved by Falkirk Council Planning Committee on Wednesday, work should start by June and the first homes be occupied by Christmas.

Mr Keenan, who is chairman of Larbert Round Table, added: “The plans have been recommended to be approved by planning officials and I met with Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council recently and the committee were happy with them.

“Larbert House is a beautiful and important building, it’s important we retain it for future generations before it is too late.”