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Aberdeenshire houses to retain piece of farming history

The redundant steading
The redundant steading

Farm buildings dating back to the 19th Century will be given a new lease of life.

Full planning permission has been granted to build three houses at land to the south-west of Upper Quithel, just south of Stonehaven.

The site comprises of derelict farm buildings situated on the slope of the Hill of Quithel, which previously contained asbestos.

The buildings have been deemed unsafe

The larger of the buildings is a former grain store, the second a smaller blockwork building, and the third a former outhouse, all now in a “state of disrepair” with collapsed roofs and missing bricks.

The structures will be replaced with three detached houses in an L-shaped layout, yet still preserve a small part of history from the farm buildings they are created for.

Developers Inspired Design & Development Ltd plan to use natural stone recovered from the soon-to-be demolished farm buildings and use it to create the new
homes.

The outbuilding

Aberdeenshire Council this week approved the planning application, but have said that before work begins, developers must ensure photographs are taken of the old farm buildings to ensure a “historic record of the building is made for inclusion in the National Monuments Record for Scotland” and that all asbestos has been removed.

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