Buyer sought for former Guide Dogs training site

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MORE than 100 new homes could be built in Forfar as Guide Dogs for The Blind seeks a buyer for its former Scottish training centre.

Guide Dogs has been preparing the 13-acre site at Dundee Road for housing development following the demolition of Princess Alexandra House, a well known Forfar landmark.

Guide Dogs Deputy Head of Property Services, Robert Wheeler, said: “We would be pleased to find a buyer for this prestigious site, which occupies a fantastic location with spectacular views over the town and surrounding countryside and offers builders an outstanding opportunity.”

Outline planning permission was granted in 2006 for the development of 120 homes on the site and a more detailed scheme design was submitted to Angus Council in December last year.

This shows how a residential development can be arranged around a main spine road within an attractive landscaped setting. The scheme was designed following extensive discussions with Angus Council officers.

Andy Boal of Dundee-based property agents Ryden has just been appointed to handle the sale for Guide Dogs. He said: “This is a very attractive residential development opportunity and offers are invited for the entire site, although proposals for significant tranches of the overall site may also be considered.”

Guide Dogs moved its Scottish Training School to a new state-of-the-art facility at Orchardbank Business Park in 2007, maintaining its long standing presence in Forfar.