£6 million housing project to begin later this year

MONTROSE will receive a boost in affordable housing after councillors agreed to 45 homes being built at Dungman’s tack and on the site of Wirren House

The £6.4 million scheme was approved by Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee at its meeting on Thursday.

The council project will receive funding support from various sources, including the Scottish Government.

Twenty-nine houses are to be built at Dungman’s Tack, with the development comprising 10 four-bedroom houses, 18 three-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom house. A further 16 two-bedroomed houses will be constructed nearby, on the site of former care home Wirren House.

The building is currently being used as an alternative sports venue during the construction of the new Montrose swimming pool and sports centre refurbishment, but will be demolished to provide a cleared site for the new housing.

The development will also feature a boilerhouse which will provide a district heating system to all 45 houses in the programme and the construction will make use of timber from sustainable sources and recycled materials to tie in with the council’s policies on sustainability and CO2 reductions.

The building programme will cost £5,240,000, although after the addition of professional fees, the addition of the biomass boiler and other associated expenses the final cost of the scheme will be around £6.4 million.

In his report to the committee, neighbourhood services director Colin McMahon told councillors that although Scottish Government funding had already been granted a further funding bid will be made for the fourth round of Scottish Government grants which will include the 17 houses not part of the original funding application.

Neighbourhood services convener Councillor Jim Millar said: “This will bring much needed social housing to Montrose and adds to our current and planned council house building projects in Carnoustie, Monifieth, Arbroath and Forfar.

“It is expected that work on the first section of the project, at Dungman’s Tack, will begin at the end of 2011 with completion of all 45 houses in 2013.”