Historic Bearsden site still on track for boutique hotel

Plans to turn the historic Boclair House in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, into a boutique hotel are still on track, according to WPH Developments.

However, planning permission has still not been received by the local council, and building work is unlikely to begin until May next year.

Local newspaper, the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, reported this week that plans will be submitted for a mixed development including housing along with the boutique hotel.

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“We are just about to submit our planning application which has taken us several months to prepare. We anticipate to be on site by May next year and hope to have completed the project within 12 to 18 months,” said David Mawhinney, development manager of WPH Developments/Westpoint Homes.

“We believe that this boutique hotel will sustain such an iconic building as Boclair House for generations to come and also protect the environment surrounding it,” he added.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, which still owns Boclair House, told the newspaper that his department is expecting the submission of a planning application from the developer this month, but would not comment on how long the application would take to process, or whether it would be approved.

Boclair House was used until 2011 by East Dunbartonshire Council as offices for their education department, and has been up for sale since the beginning of 2012.

It was originally built in 1890 as a retirement home for wealthy local family, the Buchanans.

Visit Scotland describes Bearsden as an affluent suburb of Glasgow situated approximately 6 miles North West of the city centre.

The Roman Antonine Wall ran through Bearsden and the well-preserved remains of a military bath house can be seen near the town centre. Bearsden started out as a small hamlet in the 17th century, but grew in the 19th century as wealthy Glasgow businessmen moved to the city’s periphery in search of a better standard of living.

Bearsden was ranked the seventh wealthiest area in Britain in a 2005 survey. The town centre is known as Bearsden Cross where there is a good selection of restaurants, bars and independent shops.




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