Donside MSP, Mark McDonald has urged Aberdeen City Council to treat Strathcona House as if it were listed after news emerged in a response from Historic Scotland that it considers the building would probably qualify to receive listed building status.
However, the organisation also highlighted that it is unable to list any buildings which are part of any on-going planning applications.
Historic Scotland has also confirmed in its listing assessment that Strathcona House is of local importance and may meet the criteria for a category C listing.
Commenting, Mark said:
“Given the evidence presented in Historic Scotland’s response, it is paramount that Aberdeen City Council treats the building as though it were listed. It is clear from the response and listing assessment that Historic Scotland would likely list the building if there wasn’t an on-going planning application.
"Many local campaigners will be noting that the opportunity to have the building listed would have been in place had these plans been brought forward at the beginning of the process, rather than at the very end.
“The future of Strathcona House will now be in the hands of Aberdeen City Council and AECC partners and I hope that changes to the AECC design brief will be reconsidered in light of the overwhelming evidence and public opinion in support of retaining the building.
“The recent record of the council in terms of protecting and respecting the heritage of the city leaves a lot to be desired, and this situation presents an opportunity for councillors to try and repair that reputation. I hope that they will take these matters into careful consideration, and pay close attention to the evidence from Historic Scotland."
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