Application lodged for Herald building

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A PLANNING application has finally been submitted to Angus Council to transform the former Arbroath Herald building into housing.

The submission was lodged with the local authority last week by the Caledonia Housing Association, a company formed following the merger of Servite Housing Association and Perthshire Housing Association.

It states that it plans to rehabilitate and convert the former print works and mill to form 20 flats and ancillary accommodation with associated external works.

The application is being handled by the agent Finlayson Architects who are based in Comrie, Perthshire.

It was announced last September that the Burnside Drive building, home to the Arbroath Herald for over 70 years, was to be given a new lease of life by the then Servite Housing Association.

The firm had received a cash injection from the Scottish Government to kickstart the renovation from the innovation and investment fund.

They added that up to 20 new tenants could be accommodated within the building once the work had been completed.

In planning documents, it states that work to the outer facade of the building will be kept to a minimum, however there may be some need for remodelling or demolition work.

There will also be car parking spaces made available for residents and new windows installed for fire safety purposes.

The building has stood empty for five years since the Arbroath Herald moved into new premises in Market Place in January, 2008.

Speaking at the time, chairman of Servite Bill Roberton was delighted to announce the plans saying not only were they providing much needed new housing but also transforming one of Arbroath’s best known landmarks.

This was also backed up by Councillor Jim Millar, convener of neighbourhood services at Angus Council.

And he hoped it would ease pressure on the growing list of people waiting for affordable homes.

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