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Trust seeks Peter Pan house deal

Moat Brae house in Dumfries
The Trust said it intends to submit a bid to buy the property

Campaigners fighting plans to convert the Dumfries mansion that inspired Peter Pan into housing are making their own bid to buy the property.

Loreburn housing association, which owns Moat Brae House, said work is needed to make the site safe.

It has promised the overhaul of the property would be "good for the town" and "mark the birthplace of Peter Pan".

But the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust said it had instructed lawyers to make a bid for the historic building.

Author JM Barrie credited the gardens at the Dumfries building as the inspiration for his classic work.

It has had a number of uses since his day but has been allowed to fall into disrepair in recent years.

Loreburn said parts of the building now need to be demolished on safety grounds but insists its plans will recognise the importance of the site.

'Nobody interested'

Chief Executive Ahsan Khan said: "Loreburn's voluntary management committee remains determined to do something good for the town here on a site that was left derelict and left to rot prior to our involvement.

"Nobody seemed to have any interest until we got involved.

"Loreburn's committee remains committed to doing something good for the town and to finally mark the birthplace of Peter Pan."

PPMBT chairman Roger Windsor said it still hoped to buy the building from the housing association.

"Our lawyers have been instructed to make an offer to Loreburn Housing Association for us to buy the building," he said.

He said they had the "financial guarantees" in place in order to make such an offer.

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