Category of Risk and Development History
Exemptions to State of Risk
27/05/2010, 05/02/2008, June 2001
June 2001: Site visit - the House is found to be in full use, not considered at risk. Continue to monitor.
October 2007: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Advertiser reports on a public meeting being held to debate the future of the house, which is reported to be lying vacant since its owners, DH Morris, went into liquidation in March. Local councillor Tom Johnstone is reported to be campaigning for the house to form part of the new National Museum of Photography.
November 2007: Cumbernauld News reports on speculation that the property is about to be sold.
February 2008: External inspection reveals the building appears to be in good condition. There is a presence being maintained by the 'Friends of Cumbernauld House' whilst discussions are ongoing to find a new use for the House.
October 2008: Cumbernauld News reports on concerns that the house remains vacant. North Lanarkshire Council is quoted as working with liquidators Ernst and Young, the current building owners, and Historic Scotland to protect the House whilst it remains unused.
January 2009: The Cumbernauld News reports that the Friends of Cumbernauld House have presented a case to the Scottish Government for the house to become a national musuem of photography. One of the former residents of Cumbernauld House is reported to have been Lady Clementina Elphinstone-Fleming, a pioneer Victorian photographer. The articles goes on to note that the Scottish Government has stated there are no plans to buy the property.
August 2009: Glasgow Heralds Commercial Property section advertises the house For Sale with a price in excess of £1 million. A design brief has been prepared and is available from North Lanarkshire Council.
September 2009: The Cumbernauld News reports on a visit to Cumbernauld House by the Culture Secretary Mike Russell. There are no plans for the state to buy the house and it continues to be marketed.
March 2010: The Cumbernauld News reports on the creation of online petitions via Facebook for actions to prevent any further deterioration at Cumbernauld House.
May 2010: Cumbernauld News reports on the Save and Preserve Cumbernauld campaign, the article notes founders of the campaign have formed The Cumbernauld House Trust which will be actively seeking charitable donations and grant funding in an attempt to purchase the house and restoring it for a range of community activities.
May 2010: External inspection finds that the building remains disused. Outwardly, it appears to be in fair condition. The lead has been replaced but the roor requires maintenance for slipped and missing slates. The timber elements of the dormers are in need of repainting. Other windows are boarded up. There are plants growing on the steps.
June 2010: Cumbernauld House reports that solicitor and property developer Colin MacLeod, who grew up in the town, has announced the intention to either buy the house or to set up a trust fund to look after it. He plans to convert it into a hotel. Agents for the property, King Sturge, report that their has been interest from several parties.
August 2010: Members of the public contact SCT to advise the property has been purchased. Local planners confirm the purchase has completed. Some essential repairs to the building are already underway, the nature of which did not require listed building consent. Some clearing away of vegetation has also commenced. Discussions between the buildings new owner and North Lanarkshire Council will continue to ensure the long-term survival of Cumbernauld House.
September 2010: A local community group, Cumbernauld House Trust group has registered as a charity with goals of long term sustainability of Cumbernauld House and the surrounding area. This will be completed by utilising the house and the surrounding area to encourage community use of the facility and create a centrepiece for the town of Cumbernauld. Fund raising has commenced with a view of potentially purchasing the building from the current owners CHB Developments Ltd.
November 2010: Glasgow Evening Times reports, Jamie Hepburn the MSP for Central Scotland raised the issue of the House in the Scottish Parliament, asking the Culture Minister to support the Cumbernauld House Trust, which is campaigning for a public use for the building.
April 2011: Local planners advise that the local authority has approved planning permission & listed building consent for residential conversion. Given the buildings category A-listing, the applications have been referred to Historic Scotland for final approval.
October 2011: Local planners advise conversion works have commenced. Moved to Restoration in Progress.
Additional Contacts/Information Source
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