Concerns regarding development at Dean Bank House

Concerns regarding development at Dean Bank House

Following reports from local members, the AHSS wrote to Hal Osler, Convener of the Development Management Sub- committee to raise concerns regarding an ongoing development at Dean Bank House, a late 18th century Classical
villa in the Inverleith Conservation Area (20/01244/FUL & 20/01245/LBC)

Dean Bank House was built as a three bay, two storey villa with a hipped slated roof and gable chimneys circa 1790-96. Single storey lean-to wings, held behind screen walls and rising to two storeys in small flanking pavilions at the rear, appear to have been added soon after construction: they are indicated on Ainslie’s map of 1804.

During 2020–21, planning and listed building consent applications were submitted and subsequently granted for alteration and extension of the house, including a side-extension to the right (north-east) of the principal façade, and the infilling of the rear (north-west) service yard. The AHSS was contacted by several local members expressing concern that the work being undertaken was not in line with the granted scheme, including the footprint and height of the additions.

Despite an email in March to the Chief Planning Officer and the Ward Councillors, we received no reply. As work progressed, it was clear that the roof to the rear extension was of a different form to the granted scheme and impacts much more on the Gothic window. We wrote again, this time to Hal Osler as Convener of the Development Management Sub-committee and Inverleith Ward Councillor, who has confirmed that an enforcement case is in progress. An update will be provided in due course.

Read our letter here