DETAILS of proposals to convert a former coach house and stables on the site of a listed building in Rhu have been published.

April Campbell, who lives at Torwood House - an early-19th century C-listed building in the conservation village - has lodged plans with Argyll and Bute Council for the conversion of the outbuildings to provide ancillary domestic accommodation, as well as external storage and car parking spaces.

The main property has been divided into five separate flats while the former coach house is described in a design statement for the application as having "fallen in to a state of disrepair with various attempts made to renovate the buildings".

The listing on the local authority's website states: "The coach house and stable buildings form a courtyard with the main house.

"Historically the courtyard included a glazed roof that formed a garage space but this has since been removed.

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"The north-east corner of land surrounding the main house is divided into private garden spaces for each flat.

"The applicant owns the land adjoining the coach house directly north and uses this as their private garden.

"The applicant would like to convert the main coach house building to provide ancillary domestic accommodation that can provide guest accommodation for family and also a home office space.

"The proposal is to create an open plan ground floor arrangement that includes a living/dining space with kitchen and shower room. A mezzanine level is proposed to allow space for a bed and office space that will look down over the living space.

"The smaller stable buildings adjoining the coach house are to be altered to allow for a single carport parking space and outdoor storage shed.

"All existing openings to the coach house are to be restored. The existing walls are to be retained and repaired, with a new slate roof proposed to replace the once currently in a state of disrepair.

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"New high level windows are proposed to the southern elevation to maximise daylight in to the main space."

Documents submitted along with the application for planning permission and listed building consent state: "The proposal to restore and convert Torwoodhill coach house and stables will not only bring back a building badly in need of repair, but also greatly improve on the character of the surroundings to a historically important house.

"Through the careful selection of materials and sympathetic design choices the alterations will successfully tie these buildings back to the main house.

"It will also provide much need additional accommodation space for the applicant to work and host family."

The application can be viewed in full by searching for the reference code 21/00959/PP or 21/00958/LIB.

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