Newmonthill plan up for discussion

Newmonthill Flats
Newmonthill Flats

A PLAN to build 18 new affordable houses in Forfar has been recommended for conditional approval.

The flats will be positioned at Newmonthill where 40 houses were demolished earlier this year.

It has been proposed that the 18 new dwellings will be between one-and-a-half and three storeys high - making them considerably smaller than the blocks that were there previously.

According to the plans the houses will be finished using modern styling such as cedar panelling, slate roofs with solar panels and timber windows.

There will also be numerous open spaces which will coincide with the layout of the old flats.

In support of their application, Angus Council say that the development is 100 per cent affordable housing. They also say that the bin storage has been relocated following the comments of adjacent residents. The head of roads has lodged no objections, access to the adjoining store at Cemetery Lodge has been provided and plans have been amended following comments by neighbours.

The main concerns of neighbours were bin storage, parking, turning and access, access to adjoining property for maintenance, a new fence adjacent to Cemetery Lodge and the window on the gable of plot 18.

The plans meet a number of criteria as outlined by Angus Local Plan Review.

As the development will be placed on a site which was also residential there is no conflict with adjoining properties or businesses.

Privacy has also been addressed by giving each property its own garden. Although some of the garden spaces are smaller than what would normally be accepted the applicant states that this is a significant improvement on the no garden space that was available in the previous flats.

There will be 29 spaces available for parking with two of these designated as disabled bays.

The applicants state that this is only one less than the number of spaces that were previously there for 40 flats.

While comment has been made in letters of representation about access and turning on Newmonthill, the head of roads has raised no objections on these grounds as that situation already existed.

Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, has recommended the plan be approved if it can meet a number of criteria.

As with all new developments it must be started within three years of permission being granted. This is on order that it comply with the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

The housing must comprise affordable housing, which the applicants have already stated to be the case.

Precise details of all boundary features such as walls, fences and railings, landscaping soft and hard and the colour of all external finishes must also be approved by the planning authority.