Jan 25 2013 By Sandy Kilpatrick
The council has sold a strip of land to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust for £1.
Councillors agreed to the transfer of ground linking Dumfries Academy to the garden of the house said to have inspired JM Barrie to create his famous character.
The trust is spearheading a £4m redevelopment to turn Moat Brae into Scotland’s first centre for children’s literature.
And it approached the council to acquire the strip of land deemed surplus to requirements by the council.
JM Barrie was a former pupil of the academy and played in the gardens of Moat Brae as a child.
The Georgian townhouse was later used as a private hospital.
When it closed, the building was bought by a developer but was left abandoned and fell into disrepair.
It had been due to be demolished when the trust, which has the backing of Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, was created and stepped in to save the property.
At Tuesday’s policy and resources committee, members agreed to the land transfer due to the importance of the redevelopment project.
The strip of land runs alongside the River Nith behind the school.
Councillor Tom McAughtrie told Tuesday’s meeting he wanted to ensure a pathway through the grounds would remain for Doonhamers to gain access to the town centre.
He said: “There’s a right of way through there. It’s widely used by people in the Sandside and Nithside area to get into the town.”