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Peebles villa secures planning

February 8 2013

Peebles villa secures planning
Scottish Borders Council has granted planning consent for the demolition of two dilapidated cottages and construction of a single replacement dwelling on a remote spot in the Manor Valley, Peebles.

Designed by Aitken Turnbull Architects the scheme responds to the client brief for a home that respected it’s setting within a National Scenic Area and exploited its elevated panoramic views.

This achieved via a curvilinear plan that hugs the natural contours of the land together with an internal hierarchy of spaces dictated by the existing site levels.

A materials palette consisting of dry whinstone, render, glazing and a Sarnafil 'wave' roof form which is intended to be an interpretation of the surrounding rolling hills.

The bulk of the large four bedroom home is broken up by a two lower wings and differing roof alignments and a lower storey clad in dry whinstone, specified by the Council’s landscape architect.
A new access road from the A72 will require to be built
A new access road from the A72 will require to be built
The home will afford panoramic vistas down the river Tweed toward Peebles
The home will afford panoramic vistas down the river Tweed toward Peebles

The huge home will be occupied by the client
The huge home will be occupied by the client


Helen Gray
#1 Posted by Helen Gray on 9 Feb 2013 at 13:34 PM
It looks a very interesting response to the site - glad it got approval. It doesn't look *that* big though (caption: the huge home etc.)
#2 Posted by How??? on 12 Feb 2013 at 10:14 AM
UR - is the material spec right or a transposition error??? Slating the dips in the roof would be some detail to pull off....
#3 Posted by Egbert on 12 Feb 2013 at 13:49 PM
Agree with #1 - 'huge' seems a bit of a pejorative, for a house that's actually quite modest for its type - I think it's a refreshing change to the standard 'luxury villa' model (grandiose and useless entrance halls, multiple ensuites, quadruple garages, swimming pools & cinema rooms etc) and although wavy roofs were a bit done to death in the 90s they look like they make sense here.
#4 Posted by UR on 13 Feb 2013 at 11:06 AM
The roofing is a single ply (sarnafil) in slate grey colour... not actual slate.

My mistake.
#5 Posted by wonky on 13 Feb 2013 at 11:10 AM
All of the above have lost the plot- big time! Who cares about the size or if its a 'modest project'. Its proportions are a moot point. The real issue is why a private residency has been given plaaning consent by a council in an Area of National Scenic Beauty...this decision has wider ramifications than whether it has faux mezzanines or cathedral sized walk-in-wardrobes.
Helen Gray
#6 Posted by Helen Gray on 15 Feb 2013 at 15:50 PM
no 5 - there were two cottages on this site already, that this house replaces. Why shouldn't people live in ANSBs?
#7 Posted by wonky on 18 Feb 2013 at 18:19 PM
I 'm all for people living in rural settings- even in the great Glens of the Highlands ( tragically left to ramblers, stalkers and deer)- But what I mean is "people" plural, not people (a family) singular. This is exclusively for the indulgence of those with the ability-to-pay, and certainly not an egalitarian led move towards affordable recolonization of our glens for all...why are people so pro-rich in this sheepish nation of ours? Not that I'm complaining as I flew from Switzerland this weekend and spent a lovely weekend shooting tresspassing peasants and playing Monarch of the keep doffing the cap suckers!

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