Housing project gains unanimous approval

A PROPOSAL to build 11 houses on the site of the former Harry Farmer Court sheltered housing complex was approved by Angus Council’s development standards committee last Tuesday.

The plan is to build eight four-bedroom houses over two storeys on the Harry Farmer Court part of the site to the rear of Sidney Street. The former garages site in the vicinity will be used to construct two semi-detached three-bedroom homes on two storeys and a single bungalow designed for ‘barrier free’ living.

The scheme was agreed unanimously despite objections from some local residents.

Their main concern was safety and they described the congested state of the roads in the immediate area as “an accident waiting to happen”.

However, head of roads Jeff Green said that he had no objection to the plan in terms of traffic.

Infrastructure services director Eric Lowson explained that the proposal provides for new affordable housing on an existing brownfield site within an established urban area that is well related to local services.

He added that the cul-de-sac arrangement proposed is not typical of the development pattern in the area but the discreet nature of the site renders this an acceptable solution.

Arbroath East and Lunan independent councillor Bob Spink said he had considered the objections of the neighbours but could not ignore the merits of the proposal.

He went on: “We have a desperate need for housing and this is an opportune site.

“The provision of 11 affordable homes in Arbroath is a positive step forward and an exciting development as Angus attempts to address the severe shortage of affordable housing.”

He continued: “I welcome the thinking behind this project and hope that the development of the garage site might bring an additional welcome spin-off for the local community.

“On a number of occasions I have been asked to attend the area behind the garages because of problems of drugs use and if they are taken away then that may help.”

Councillor David Lumgair, convener of the development standards committee, felt that this was a good proposal and said he was happy to support the approval recommendation.

He concluded: “It will be another welcome step in the council’s efforts to address the issue of social housing.”