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Roof replacement work for Banff school approved


By Kyle Ritchie

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Plans to replace the roof at Banff Primary School have been granted by Aberdeenshire Council.

The local authority's contractor Robertson Construction lodged the application for the work after it was found roof slates were defective on the modern part of the building, which is situated at the town's Academy Drive.

They will be replaced with a standing seam roof covering.

Plans to replace the roof at Banff Primary School have been approved.
Plans to replace the roof at Banff Primary School have been approved.

In the report outlining the work it said: "The proposed works seek to replace the entire roofing material consisting of roof slates, which are currently in place upon the modern section of the school, which has been found to be defective, with a standing seam roof covering.

"The works apply to the modern section of the school only, with the adjacent category A listed building of the former Banff Academy to the immediate east, although joined to this building via a link corridor, would remain unaffected by this proposal.

"The modern section of the school subject of this application is also found just outwith the Banff conservation area."

The work will increase the overall height of the roof by 120mm and the material is a slightly different colour to the existing slates.

The report added: "Therefore, the planning service are satisfied that the proposal would not adversely impact upon surrounding land uses in terms of their function and amenity and would otherwise have a negligible visual impact upon the immediately surrounding area.

"Due to the proximity of the site to the adjacent category A listed building of the former Banff Academy and the Banff conservation area, both Built Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland were consulted for their views in terms of assessing any impact upon existing built heritage assets.

"Whilst Historic Environment Scotland had no comments to make, Built Heritage noted that the proposed material would not significantly alter the appearance of the extension (modern element of school) and its relationship with the original school."

It was recommended that the application be approved as it complied with all the relevant planning policies.

In the report outlining the decision to grant the application the local authority said: "The planning authority considers that the application is for a development that is in accordance with the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2017.

"The application complies with Policy P3: Infill and householder developments within settlements (including home and work proposals), Policy HE1: Protecting historic buildings, sites, and monuments and Policy HE2: Protecting historic and cultural areas of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2017 as the proposal would have no adverse impact upon any surrounding land uses whilst it would also have a negligible impact upon the setting of the adjacent category A listed building and adjacent conservation area.

"The proposal also adopts a suitable external design which complies with Policy P1: Layout, siting and design."


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