Cormiston Farm - Early Spring

Permission for Weddings is Granted

Appeal to the Scottish Ministers over planning conditions still outstanding - decision on 23rd June 2015

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We want to remove the ugly breeze-blocks from the barn doors - we have waited almost 2 years for Listed Building Consent to do this work.

Councillors voted unanimously to grant the application at the Planning Committee Meeting in Hamilton on Tuesday 4th November. The barn was seen as an asset to Biggar and the surrounding area, and the council were supportive of the change which was in accordance with their current strategic plans for the county.

However, although we have Planning Permission, the conditions applied to the change of use make it impossible to use the Barn for any events. Therefore these conditions have been appealed to the Scottish Ministers who will require South Lanarkshire Council to justify their decisions.

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, South Lanarkshire Council had not provided the Scottish Government with all the necessary documents.  The council had stated that they formulated one of the conditions based on a specific document but did not include it in their response to the appeal. The DPEA reporter from the Scottish Government requested an explanation of the condition which was based on the missing document, and a copy of the document itself.  

The council have provided the document but could not show that it was linked in any way to the formulation of the condition. The council then introduced 5 more documents which they had not previously referenced which were stated as the basis of the condition. This has now delayed the reporters decision until 23rd June 2015.

The barn, listed by Historic Scotland, has been sympathetically restored using original Welsh slate, whinstone from the nearby quarry, and lime mortar.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but this is a great step towards preserving this historic building for future generations. More assessments, plans and drawings need to be approved by the council in the next few months. The application for Listed Building Consent is still outstanding and will be granted when future building work is approved. It is hoped that the barn can open for events in the Summer.

We aim to create a sustainable party venue, using electricity generated from our own small wind turbine.

Please note that we are not taking any bookings for weddings at Cormiston Farm at the moment. Sorry for the disappointment. As soon as the barn becomes available for bookings, we will let you know.

View of Culter Fell from the lawn at Cormiston

View of Culter Fell from the front lawn

Granary

The Barn at Cormiston

Table set for starter

Cormiston Farm in the Clyde Valley

Lagonda at Cormiston Farm