Old is making way for new at Viewmount

Viewmount demolition
Viewmount demolition

Work has started on a new social housing development at Viewmount - with 34 flats demolished to make way for affordable homes.

The work got under way on Monday (September 26), with the previous flats, which Angus Council said had proved “unpopular with people seeking social housing in recent years” set to be replaced by a mix of two and three-bedroomed properties, built to Scottish Building Standards’ silver sustainability standard, which measures the energy efficiency of new homes.

Communities Convenor and Vice Convenor, Donald Morrison and Jeanette Gaul, with the plans of the new housing to replace the flats at Viewmount.

Communities Convenor and Vice Convenor, Donald Morrison and Jeanette Gaul, with the plans of the new housing to replace the flats at Viewmount.

The new housing will also include adapted properties for people with disabilities.

Communities convener, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “This housing development will help us to meet the high demand for this type of social housing in Forfar and increase choice for people with disabilities.

“We believe that everybody has the right to good quality housing and we’re delighted that demolition is now underway and that the refurbishment of the Park entrances will further enhance the area.”

During October, work will begin on phase one of the Steele Park entrance refurbishment. This will include a new entrance to Reid Park from Viewmount, a new footpath from Steele Park to the existing footpath at Reid Park, and car parking spaces for 21 vehicles.

Completion of this phase is expected by the end of November 2016. Access between the Steele and Reid Parks may be limited during this time.

A week-long consultation with residents about the proposed car park layout and what they would like to see at the play park area took place recently. The council supported this consultation by Viewmount Voices and Glenview Action group, which involved drop-in and outreach sessions, as well as fun consultation sessions for children and young people at the park.

A spokesperson from Viewmount Voices said: “We are delighted to see the flats coming down and look forward to seeing the new houses develop.”

A group has now been formed to carry out more detailed consultation about the play park and the equipment that the community and its young people would like to see.

Communities officer, Jennifer Anderson, said: “The group is looking at funding options to deliver these improvements and its members have been working hard to engage with the whole local community, who are delighted to be involved.”