New use for school site

Proposals to convert the former Chapelpark School into affordable housing were put before Angus councillors this week.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday, members of the council’s communities committee were expected to rubber-stamp the proposals, contained in a report by Ian Cochrane, head of technical and property services.

The landmark B-listed building has lain empty since 2008 when it closed as part of the local authority’s £50 million Forfar/Carnoustie Schools project. It was put on the market in 2010 after being valued at £200,000, but multi-million pound redevelopment costs appear to have deterred possible purchasers. Less interest in the building has being expressed than had been hoped and Mr Cochrane proposed that the site be transferred to the council’s housing revenue account.

He said: “Redevelopment of the property will be funded mainly by the Housing Revenue Account, with contributions from the Affordable Housing Account and from the Affordable Housing Supply programme with the Scottish Government.”

He added that work could be carried out from 2015, subject to consultation.