What next for Rhuallan House?

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Giffnock residents have written to East Renfrewshire council with concerns over the future of Rhuallan House.

Maureen and Fraser McInnes and Ann and Douglas Harvie represent a further 18 households calling for a use for the category B listed council property — up for sale as a development opportunity — which will not impact on the surrounding conservation area.

A council planning brief published in April states: “Although residential use is likely to be preferred option, alternative uses may also be considered appropriate. Commercial use in the form of a bar/restaurant, hotel and nursing home may be acceptable alternatives.”

The residents group argue that the house — built in the 1880s — was passed to the former district council to be used by the British Legion, or as a private dwelling.

The letter [published on p22] reads: “Any use other than residential would be to the detriment of the area.

“The council should honour agreements its predecessors made and change the use to residential only, and sell Rhuallan House on that basis.”

The residents also reference an agreement to preserve a small plot as a garden of remembrance, calling on ERC to confirm that this will go ahead.

A council spokeswoman responded that there is no reference to a remembrance garden in the titles to the house, and continued: “Up until earlier this year it was a fully functioning council building. Staff have now been accommodated in other offices and community groups have relocated to Giffnock library.”

She added: “The future use of the house will be taken into consideration at the time of any sale.”