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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dumfries and West
Pavilion conversion plans revealed

A FORMER sports pavilion in Dumfries which has become a target for vandals could be redeveloped as a house.

Kingholm Park Pavilion, which has been put up for sale by Dumfries and Galloway Council, is being eyed up for transformation.

A couple named Mr and Mrs Thomas Crombie recently submitted a planning application to convert the old building into a home with an internal garage, garden, and parking area.

This bid to buy the building and change its use was put forward by Jackie Connelly, a Dumfries-based building standards surveyor who is acting as an agent for the applicants.

The old pavilion sits between the main entrance to Kingholm playing fields and Kingholm Road. It has a lower ground floor, and an upper floor that consists of changing and shower areas for sports teams.

It has a large car park on the lower ground floor, a garden, and a large attic space.

Council planning papers state: “The building was opened as a sports pavilion in 1965 and closed for changing facilities around ten years ago. It has lately been targeted by vandals.

“The application is for the first floor and attic to be converted into a habitable dwelling house. There is minimal changes to the external

appearance of the building. The lower ground floor shall be a garage.

“The main entrance to the habitable area shall be at first floor level taken from Kingholm Road.

“Although close to the river, the building has not been liable to flooding which is why the applicant is simply having a garage in that area.”

While the pavilion has been derelict for more than a decade, it was once being considered as a site to open a Robert the Bruce visitor centre.

The planning application is in its early stages and council planning chiefs have called for revisions to the submitted designs. This is because the drawings do not include the proposed garden and parking areas.

A deadline of March 14 has been set for amended plans to be submitted.

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