Dalquharran development back on agenda

The historic Dalquharran Castle in Dailly.
The historic Dalquharran Castle in Dailly.

Plans to develop the Dalquharran Estate in Dailly are once again on the agenda as South Ayrshire Council decides on a planning application this week.

The council’s regulatory panel will judge on an application on Thursday 19 June which is seeking to build 60 dwelling houses, five “fractional houses” and associated roads, drainage and landscaping at the estate.

The application relates to plans that were approved almost ten years ago for the development of a golf course and housing whilst a hotel was also in the pipeline.

Developers also wished to restore and reuse the Dalquharran Castle and stables. However, the planning permission for that has now expired.

Plans for the golf course and hotel are set to be ongoing though and Dailly Community Council have expressed their support for the proposals.

However, they have raised concerns that the developer would plan to build those houses before any work is undertaken on Dalquharran Castle and Dalquharran Old Castle, which have suffered significant deterioration over recent years.

The Community Council are also seeking assurances that the previous proposals for the castle and hotel are incorporated into the full development.

And they also wish to see further archaeological surveys undertaken on the site as well as ensuring that light pollution is kept to a minimum.

The proposed houses would be dispersed throughout the estate grounds and the occupancy of them would be in conjunction with membership of the proposed golf course.

The five “fractional houses”, which are said to be holiday rental or time share properties would be used in conjunction with the proposed hotel and not used as full time or main residences.

Historic Scotland don’t object to the application but like the community council state that it would be preferable if the development was kept away from any of the formal routes to the castle.

The council’s planning officers have recommended that the plans be approved.

You can read a full report in next week’s Carrick Gazette.