Life to be breathed into abandoned site?

The abandoned site on Park Road could soon be transformed with the erection of eight dwelling-houses.
The abandoned site on Park Road could soon be transformed with the erection of eight dwelling-houses.

Plans for the erection of eight dwellinghouses at Park Road were being discussed by the development management review committee at Angus Council as the Brechin Advertiser went to print yesterday (Tuesday).

The re-application of the development, sent in to the council by Carberry Developments Limited T/A Westerwater Homes, was first submitted in 2006 when it was hoped that 13 dwellinghouses could have been built as well as the conversion of the granary building to form five dwellinghouses before the application was withdrawn.

In 2007 a re-application was submitted which reduced the number of houses in the proposal to nine as well as the conversion of the granary to five dwelling-houses.

This application was also withdrawn.

Another application was then submitted in 2008 for the erection of eight homes.

On this occasion concerns were raised about the residential amenity to the occupants of one of the plots resulting in the applicant amending the design of the house, removing dormer windows in the roofspace and altering the internal layout.

Noise assessments have since been carried out and regarded as acceptable.

The site is located on approximately 0.4 hectares with access to the development coming from Park Road.

Proposals are for seven one-and-a-half story houses and one single story house which will be built using rendered walls and tile roofs.

As the predominant roof material in Park Road is slate, if the application was to be given approval, it has been suggested that a condition should be attached to ensure the roof is finished with slate to help it integrate into the surrounding area given its proximity to the Conservation Area and adjacent Listed Buildings.

Colin McMahon, director of corporate services, commented in his report: “The site is currently derelict and the development of it is considered to result in the visual improvement.

“I note that the letter of representations raises concerns about the loss of the granary building, however, that building is not listed, and planning permission would not be required to demolish the building.

“I note that the applicant proposes to retain much of the frontage of the building and utilise it as an acoustic barrier and I consider this to be an acceptable compromise which will not have a significant adverse impact on the setting of the railway.”

Mr McMahon recommends that the application is approved subject to the conclusion and recording of a valid Section 75 legal agreement amongst all relevant parties containing the necessary terms to secure the provision and maintenance of a visibility splay to the west of the proposed access with Park Road.

If the application is given approval it is recommended that a number of condition would be attached to the application, including that work at the site should begin within three years of the planning permission being granted.

Before any work was to begin a visibility sightline of 3.5 metres by 60 meters would have to be provided on the east side of the proposed access at its junction with Park Road.