Approval for airfield houses

PROPOSALS to build on part of Montrose’s old airfield have been given the green light by Angus Council.

Councillors last week granted conditional approval for the five-house development on a site behind Broomfield Road.

In his report to councillors infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said the development of the one-acre council-owned area, between the North Links, Broomfield House and the Air Training Corp centre, would “make a significant contribution towards regeneration and renewal”.

The proposal includes the demolition of several “derelict structures” which belonged to the former Montrose Aerodrome, although Angus Council’s archaeology service has recommended that a level two standing building survey be carried out to record the historic features of a disused fuel storage depot/air raid shelter.

Mr Lowson pointed out that the structures “contribute little” to the area’s amenity and that redevelopment of the site for housing is compatible with its surroundings.

He also noted that the development, which would be near numbers 11-15 Broomfield Road, had the potential to affect neighbouring properties “significantly”.

In recommending approval he attached a number of conditions including capping the number of houses at five and that, as the site is brownfield, a contaminated land investigation be carried out and approved by the planning authority.