Affordable housing boost?

THE provision of affordable housing in Kirriemuir, built and managed by Angus Council, was in-line to receive a boost as the Dispatch and Herald went to press yesterday (Tuesday).

Members of Angus Council’s development standards committee were being asked to conditionally approve the erection of five houses for the local authority on land at Sunnyside, Westfield and Lindsay Street. The site previously accommodated domestic-sized lock-up garages and measures approximately 2544 sq metres.

The development will take the form of a terrace of three, two-storey dwellings with two bedrooms each and a pair of single-storey, semi-detached houses with two bedrooms each.

In his report to committee Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, said: “The applicant has stated that the entire site is to be allocated to affordable housing with ownership and management retained by the housing division of Angus Council. A recent housing needs analysis for Kirriemuir identified the need for small family sized houses of two-bed, two-storey and two-bed, single storey barrier free houses to rent.”

The development is to be staged in two construction phases, with a new roadway initially formed from Lindsay Street. A current right of way will be diverted to follow the adopted surface and pedestrian link through the site. Each dwelling will have off-street parking for two cars. Three letters of representation have been received raising concerns including possible adverse affect on existing trees and lack of parking.