Muir’s house to be care home

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Plans have been revealed to turn a listed building in 
Bishopbriggs linked to one of 
Scotland’s most famous sons into a care home.

East Dunbartonshire Council put Huntershill House and surrounding land on the property market two years ago.

The B-listed Bishopbriggs landmark has links to 18th century political reform campaigner 
Thomas Muir.

At a meeting of the council’s Development and Regeneration Committee in January, it was agreed to sell Huntershill House and its immediate surrounding land to Brian Thomas Gray (trading as “E & R Properties”) for redevelopment as a care home and relative offices.

In a letter to Thomas Dibble, secretary of Bishopbriggs Community Council, EDC’s legal department wrote: “As the council considers this property to form part of the Bishopbriggs Common Good, a petition has been raised at Glasgow Sheriff Court to seek the court’s permission to proceed with the sale - as is required in terms of Section 75(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.”

Members of the public have 21 days to raise an objection to the plan and the court hearing has been set for 
Friday, March 13.

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council’s Development and Regeneration Committee agreed at a meeting on January 28 to progress with the sale of Huntershill House and associated land.

“The proposed purchaser has been working on the 
design proposal and liaising with Historic Scotland to 
obtain its agreement.”

He added: “If and when that is in place, and planning consent has been granted, we will be able to conclude the sale.”

In partnership with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, the council is moving ahead with the development of the nearby Huntershill sports project.

Plans include a new changing pavilion, 3G floodlit sports pitch, six-lane running track, three tennis courts and upgraded sports pitches.

A public consultation event was held in Bishopbriggs library, ahead of a planning application, last month.