Peebles: Pottery Workshop Plans in Listed Building Approved

A FORMER utility room in a historic former shooting lodge in Peebles is to be converted into a pottery studio.

The applicant, Mr A Cunningham, has obtained Scottish Borders Council approval to convert an existing Hallmanor House outbuilding at Manor Valley in Peebles into a workshop, with the provision of a toilet, new window, sink and a wood stove.

The outbuilding is situated in the grounds of Hallmanor, a Grade C listed building of particular architectural and historical interest, and was built as a utility room between 1897 and 1906, used by the occupants of the house which was, at the time, a shooting pavilion.

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The building has been used for storage for some time and is little altered, with many original features, finishes and evidence of its original use, particularly inside, with internal tram tracks historic buildings, folding doors, wooden planks and shutters.

In his report supporting the planning bid, council planning officer Ranald Dods said: ‘The value of this building lies in its historic integrity and the evidence of its historic use preserved in its layout, finishes and its characteristics. These are very sensitive to loss. The proposal advocates a sensitive approach that seeks to preserve this evidence and minimize intervention. This is appropriate and should be continued throughout.

A heritage statement submitted with the application stated: “It is proposed to provide work space for a local ceramic artist who would, most of the time, be the sole user, but occasionally a small number of visitors would be invited to explore the medium of the clay creatively.