Site cleared to make way for flats

VACANT GROUND: The site of the former Newmonthill flats which will be replaced by much-needed social housing.
VACANT GROUND: The site of the former Newmonthill flats which will be replaced by much-needed social housing.

THE first phase of a project to create more affordable rented accommodation in Forfar has been completed.

The photograph (right), looking from just out the Forfar Cemetery gates down towards the Academy Street Medical Practice, shows the area of land which, not so long ago, was the site of blocks of flats at Newmonthill.

In all, five blocks have been demolished down to ground level, ahead of a project to provide the town with much needed social housing.

Forth Demolition began work on site in the spring.

Plans will now proceed to erect 16 three-storey, three bedroom terrace houses and two, two-stored, three bedroom accessible houses, constructed in terraces on the original footprints of the demolished blocks of flats.

The overall costs of the project is some £3,230,000 comprising £495,000 from the Scottish Government Affordable Housing grant; £300,000 from the Housing division’s Affordable Housing Account and £2,435,000 from the HRA Capital budget. The houses are to be owned and managed by Angus Council as affordable rented accommodation. The plan is for the project to be completed by November next year.