PLANS to convert a golf clubhouse into self-catering accommodation on the Kintyre Peninsula have been awarded planning permission.

The proposal for the ladies’ clubhouse at Machrihanish Golf Club was described as “timely” by an Argyll and Bute Council planning officer as the go-ahead was given.

The ladies’ clubhouse has been used sparingly since the club built its current clubhouse, and the proposal was hailed for stopping it falling into disrepair.

Three representations, expressing largely positive feedback, were received from the public by the authority’s planning department.

A planning officer said: “The built environment is predominantly characterised by large detached/semi-detached residential properties where most of the properties in the street overlooks the Bay – with the application site being no exception.

“It is understood that following the construction of the current Machrihanish Golf Club, the historic and long standing ladies’ clubhouse has become redundant with little opportunity for re-use relative to the clubhouse needs; hence the proposed development.

“The proposed works consists of part demolishing and replacement of the existing extension, replacement windows, installation of ASHP (air source heat pumps) and solar panels while maintaining the historic heritage of the main building fabric.”

The officer added: “Having considered details of the proposed development, it is considered that the proposed change of use to convert the property into a four-bedroom self-catering accommodation is timely. This will ensure the historic asset does not fall into disrepair as a result of its redundancy.

“This coupled with the proposed energy enhancement through renewable sources would not only increase the building’s energy efficiency but bring it back to a sustainable use thereby extending its lifespan.

“The proposed windows, following submission of revised plans, have been deemed acceptable and sympathetic to the building fabric by way of enhancing the historic value of the building.”