RELICS of Montrose’s aviation past are set to disappear if a housing development gets the go-ahead this week.
Conditional approval has been recommended for a five-house development on a site behind Broomfield Road, which was formerly part of Montrose Air Station.
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 said: “The site contains derelict structures associated with the former airfield. These contribute little to the amenity of the area and I am satisfied that a development that facilitates the removal of those structures would make a significant contribution towards regeneration and renewal.
“Re-development of the site for housing is considered to be compatible with the established land uses in the immediate area.
Mr Lowson also noted that the development, which would be near numbers 11-15 Broomfield Road, had the potential to affect neighbouring properties “significantly”.
He said: “It is also noted that the property at 15 Broomfield Road has a very small private garden area which has potential to be affected by development of the site. The indicative layout provides for the proposed site access to be located very close that rear garden area. In addition the house identified as Plot 2 on the indicative layout would be located approximately eight metres from the boundary with the rear garden of 15 Broomfield Road and little more than 16 metres from the rear elevation of that property.
“These factors have potential to significantly reduce the privacy and amenity of the neighbouring property. Other properties in the area have potential to be affected by the development and in the absence of details of house types it is not possible to fully assess the impact of the proposed layout on those properties.
“Whilst I am satisfied that a housing development can be accommodated on the site, given the constraints and potential for neighbouring properties to be adversely affected, I do not consider that it is appropriate to approve the current layout or indeed the number of units indicated.”
Recommending approval, Mr Lowson 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.