Hook’s gets a hand

The former Hook's Hotel on Bank Street, which has stood empty for a number of years.

The former Hook's Hotel on Bank Street, which has stood empty for a number of years.

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Plans to convert a former Kirriemuir hostelry into housing and shops have been formally lodged with Angus Council

Proposals include full permission and listed building consent to carry out alterations to the frontage of the former Hook’s Hotel, for partial demolition and a new build to the rear of the 
existing building.

The applicant, developer John Cape, is also seeking permission for the erection of two dwellinghouses and the conversion of an existing warehouse for residential use.

Empty for a number of years, the former hotel on Bank Street is currently on the Buildings at Risk register and has been the subject of discussion by both Kirriemuir Community Council and the steering group for the Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

At its May meeting, the steering group heard that while development proposals had been put forward, they had not been progressed and discussions regarding plans to build at the rear of the C listed building were 
continuing.

The proposals to bring the site back into use were this week welcomed by Dave Milne, community council chairman, who said the prospect is “good news”.

He said: “It’s good that something’s happening with it before it falls down as it has needed something done to it for a while; it has been like that for a number of years and personally speaking I’m glad.

“As long as the fascia is kept and the whole thing isn’t knocked down; and I don’t think the store room round the back even has a roof on it so if someone is willing to take that on it will be a big plus to the town.”

Mr Milne continued by saying that tidying up the site would be welcome given its prominent location in the town centre at the heart of its conservation area.

He added: “With the square also being done up later this year, if someone’s doing something about Hook’s it will definitely do something for the area.”