Delay for castle project near Celtic training ground

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WORK to restore a fire-damaged landmark building has been put on hold for another two years.

Members on East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board agreed to extend P&P Properties planning permission to create 31 flats at Lennox Castle, in Lennoxtown, at a recent meeting.

The developers secured permission for the ambitious project in May 2005 and had been expected to start work in 2012.

However, it is now set to begin revamping the dilapidated former Lennox Castle Hospital building in May 2014.

The A-listed building, which was built in 1837, has fallen into a state of disrepair and was badly damaged by a fire in 2008.

Thomas Glen, the council’s head of planning, said: “Due to the current economic climate, the developers requested an extension to existing consent with a view to bringing forward the development over the next 2 years.

“Discussions with developers are on-going.”

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