Major re-development at Newmonthill taking shape

The new housing beginning to take shape at Newmonthill.
The new housing beginning to take shape at Newmonthill.

The crane dominating the Forfar sky-line has given local residents a hint of the progress being made at Newmonthill.

After the bull-dozers moved in to clear the site of the troubled blocks of flats, construction work has progressed steadily to make way for much-needed, affordable housing in the town.

The work to transform Newmonthill began in earnest in March 2012 when the five blocks of flats in the old, unpopular scheme were demolished to make way for new homes.

At the time Angus Councillor Donald Morrison, convener of neighbourhood services said: “The demolition of these flats represent the beginning of the regeneration of this area.

“I’m sure Forfar residents will be looking forward to the rebirth of this site, making innovative use of the existing foundation and building some of the most energy efficient housing we will have in Angus.

“The new homes are sure to be very popular with those on our waiting lists and it will be a pleasure to see new tenants enjoying these houses.”

A total of 16 three-storey, three bedroom terrace houses and two, two-stored, three bedroom accessible houses, constructed in terraces are being constructed.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The work at Newmonthill is progressing on site as expected with the house timber kits now being erected. We aim to have tenants in their new homes early in 2014.”