Planners have decided an increase in ground height at a new Ayr housing estate does not need planning permission after all. 

Residents fear some new luxury homes on the Seafield Hospital development could rise by 1.5 metres due to raised ground levels. 

After raising their concerns a South Ayrshire Council official told them the developer must lodge a new planning application for the change. 

And the neighbours were told they would have their say on alterations. 

But now the council has performed a u-turn and ruled changes to the ground  is “typical” of a housing development. 

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Grandmother Liz Donnachie, 68, of Arrol Drive, said: “I feel frustrated and ignored. 

“There has been no consultation.”

Stephen Kennedy, 51, of Arrol Drive, said he is disappointed with the lack of response to questions.”

Residents have been looking for answers since they first contacted the council in December about their worries over the work surrounding the historic mansion. 

Conservative councillor Derek McCabe said: “I fully support the residents and want their questions answered.”

Builders are currently on site constructing 27 four and five bedroom houses surrounding the historic hospital, which range in price from  £475,000 to about £600,000.

A council spokesman said: “As with all developments in South Ayrshire, our planning service has been on hand to offer advice and support. 

“The extent of earth re-grading was assessed by planning officers during a recent visit and it was clear these works are typical of a housing development and therefore don’t require a planning application. 

“We are satisfied that the established wall height, extensive tree replanting and rear garden depths will limit any overlooking issues. A meeting is set to take place with nearby residents so we can explain our decision.”

Westpoint Homes is building the houses in the grounds at Doonfoot Road. 

The original application for planning permission to refurbish the former Seafield Hospital and build homes on the grounds was led by Ayr-based firm Econstruct.

Landmark Seafield House is being transformed into flats. It was once the home of famous Scottish engineer William Arrol. More recently it was a children’s hospital.