Backing a winner for Clerk Street

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AMBITIOUS plans which will see a boost for the retail sector in Clerk Street have just been given the green light by Angus Council planners.

The plans, which saw the latter part of the change of use application approved on January 25, could see a national chain of retailers locating in the town.

The company behind the project is indicating an interest in the development being shown by various retail sectors - with the possibility of a new bookmaker coming to town.

A spokesperson for the company behind the development said they hoped to increase retail use in Clerk Street and that their plans would provide the ideal starting point for the company.

“We want to ensure that the buildings are used to their maximum potential.

“So we have, so far applied for two changes of use for the old McConechys garage, which both have been granted by Angus Council. This will see the provision of four quality retail developments which are already generating considerable interest.”

The company’s architect, Jack Souttar of J. W. Souttar, said there was also a residential element in the proposals, which would see five new homes provided on the first floor of the development.

Jack added: “One of the commercial properties is for the provision of five homes on the upper floor of the building.

“Below are spaces for the retail units. Our clients were very keen to highlight the area of Brechin as one which is potentially ripe for further commercial development and we believe our proposals enhance those aspirations.”

The residential part of the proposals will also include provision of an internal lift.