Decision expected on Larbert House plans

Strathyre Properties has produced a 3D image of it plans
Strathyre Properties has produced a 3D image of it plans
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Ambitious plans to give one of the oldest ‘stately’ homes in the district a new lease of life will be decided today.

Members of Falkirk Council’s planning committee will visit Larbert House to find out more from developer Strathyre Properties.

The £12.5 million development would create 12 flats in the old building, a further eight in an extension to the house and mews homes in the the stable blocks.

It will also include detached houses in the walled garden and land to the east of the house.

Grant Keenan of Strathyre Properties said the firm was 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.”.