Angus prison on the market

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THE FORMER open prison at Noranside has been placed on the open market at a cost of £850,000.

The Scottish Prison Service made the decision to close the facility last year and it closed its doors for good at the end of October.

All previous occupants have been moved to Castle Huntly and the staff either chose voluntary redundancy or were transferred elsewhere.

The site of around 267 acres, including agricultural land and forestry has already generated both local and national interest.

Graham and Sibbald, the Dundee-based surveyors and property specialists claim that the site has “significant development opportunities”.

The main buildings are composed of 7,416 square metres and at the centre of the prison complex is a two-storey B-listed house. Noranside House was mainly used for administrative accommodation for the prison and the governor’s block.

Contained in this main block are 79 cells which were used to house inmates.

There are also classrooms, a laundry, gymnasium, stores, workshops and offices.

West of the main building is Edzell House, which lies separately. It is split into 22 cells and includes Finavon House - a two-storey property which was most recently used for independent living prisoner accommodation.

Farmland on the site is made up of both arable and permanent pasture. Although it was once run by the Scottish Prison Service but is now let on seasonal agreements which will run until October of this year.

Andrew Dandie from the selling agents, said: “A number of inquiries have come forward and companies seem intrigued by the opportunities it might present.

“We consider the property provides opportunities for redevelopment for a variety of uses, subject to receiving the necessary consents.”