Eskbank house on demolition row

A PARTIALLY-built house in Eskbank could have to be demolished after it emerged that the applicant had started work without the necessary planning consent.

And the decision by Midlothian Council could leave Fraser Watson up to £50,000 out of pocket.

Approval was granted in 2007 for the erection of a house at 7 Westfield Park.

But Mr Watson altered the position and configuration of the building and began work at the site by constructing a timber frame.

His bid for retrospective consent was refused on January 20 on the grounds that the height, design and location of the house would have a “dominant and detrimental overbearing impact” on neighbouring houses.

Planning officials also ruled that, due to the low pitch of the roof, the design and form of the proposed house appeared “unbalanced and unsympathetic” to its location.

Read full story in the September 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.