Step forward for housing project

Existing buildlings will be cleared to make way for the new development.
Existing buildlings will be cleared to make way for the new development.

Plans to provide new affordable housing at Viewmount in Forfar have taken a step forward with the start of Angus Council’s procurement process for contractors.

At last week’s communitities committee meeting, councillors gave the go-ahead for the start of the process for the £2million scheme which is expected to attract considerable interest.

The project will involve the demolition of 34 flats on a site next to the Reid Park and Steele Park and the building of 11 new houses.

Four of these will be three-bedroom two storey semi-detached houses, four will be two-bedroon single storey semi-detatched houses, two will be be three-bedroom two storey terraced houses and there will be one two-bedroom two storey terraced house.

Ian Cochrane, head of technical and property services, said: “The four two bedroom two storey semi-detatched houses have been constructed to easily allow conversino of the roof spaces to incorporate an additional one or two bedrooms and a shower room.

“As tenants are identified, these properties may require to be converted under the contract arrangements. An allowance has been included to cover the costs of the conversions. Demolition works comprise the removal of 34 flats at 1-24C Viewmount and are procured separately due to the specialist nature of the works.”

He also pointed out that four units have already been allocated and will provide a higher than usual level of accessible accommodation.

Progress on the project was welcomed by convener Councillor Donald Morrison who said Forfar has seen an increase in social housing.

Forfar councillor Lynne Devine added: “I very much welcome this and it will be a huge improvement in this area.”