Owner is to demolish fire-hit villa

Demolition has been approved for this house in Silverwells Crescent

Demolition has been approved for this house in Silverwells Crescent

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An Edwardian villa in one of Bothwell’s most desirable streets is to be demolished because fire damage makes repairing it “unviable”.

The family home in Silverwells Crescent has lain empty for a considerable period, South Lanarkshire Council was told.

The authority granted permission for Steve McCallion to knock down the house and build a new one.

Consent had been given in 2013 for partial demolition, with the facade being retained, but the owner returned with fresh proposals.

A report by architects LBG Waterston on behalf of Mr McCallion stated: “The house is located in Bothwell Conservation Area. It is in keeping with the style and character of the area, but is not exceptional and is not listed.

“It has been damaged by fire and vandalism, and the structure is open to the elements. It is in such a poor condition that the costs required to re-instate the building would be prohibitive. Restoration is not viable.”

The architects stressed “careful designing” would ensure the house new fits in well with its surroundings.

A spokesman for Historic Scotland said the house “makes a positive contribution to the conservation area”, but accepted that its damaged state rules out repairs.