Application lodged for affordable housing

A MULTI-MILLION scheme to provide up to 45 affordable homes in Montrose has taken a further step forward with a full planning application lodged for the project.

As revealed in the Review in April, Angus Council has earmarked a site at Dungman’s Tack, off Northesk Road, for 28 two-storey houses as part of the fifth phase of its new-build programme, but the closure last year of nearby Wirren House has given the housing department a chance to extend that.

The former residential care unit is currently in use for sports facilities during the knock-on effect of the construction of the new swimming pool and might eventually be demolished to provide a site for a further 16 homes on the site.

The Dungman’s Tack development will comprise 10 four-bedroom houses, 18 three-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom house with two-bedroomed houses built on the extended site.

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 around £6.4 million.

Last month the council approved an application to the Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund for money towards the project although councillors had already agreed the initial £5.2 million for Dungman’s Tack.