We need more time to bring new life to Lennox Castle

Lennox Castle
Lennox Castle

A FIRE-damaged historic landmark will have to wait another two years to be brought back to life, it is feared.

A-listed Lennox Castle, in Lennoxtown, was built in 1837 and was transformed into a hospital in 1927, treating patients until its closure in 2002.

Since then it has fallen into a state of disrepair and was ravaged by fire in 2008 – leading to the current owners, Northern Ireland company P&P Properties, demolishing part of the building.

The developers have planning permission dating back to May 2005 to convert the castle into 31 flats, but have yet to start work on the ambitious scheme.

Originally the application specified work should commence by May 2010, but this was extended to May 2012.

Now P&P Properties has applied for permission to extend the permission for a further two years – to May 2014.

The delay will increase fears over the future of the dilapidated building.

One Lennoxtown resident said: “Lennox Castle is in such a state already that I’m not sure it will even be around by 2014. It’s such a sad sight and it’s a real shame it’s been allowed to get to this stage.”

A decision on the application will be taken at a meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board later this year.

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