Gloomy outlook for Sunnyside?

Councillor David May pictured at Sunnyside Hospital.
Councillor David May pictured at Sunnyside Hospital.

Councillor David May has been in touch with the Review about an iconic group of local buildings, many of which are of great historical interest.

There has been an application by NHS Tayside, the owners, for listed building consent to demolish some of the buildings at the former Sunnyside Royal Hospital, including the chapel, Laurel Cottage and 
Angus House.

Councillor May told us: “As a regular walker round the Sunnyside Hospital site, I feel it is a great pity to see any of buildings being demolished as most of them have great architectural merit, some are listed and superbly built.

“There are amazing views from the Sunnyside site over the town and towards Scurdieness Lighthouse.”

He is acutely aware of the situation with another redundant NHS Tayside hospital at Strathmartine, which closed 12 years ago and is apparently falling victim to vandals and fire-raisers among others.

It is precisely this risk that he wants to avoid.

Both NHS Tayside and Angus Council through the Local Development Plan, want to see the site in use for a significant number of dwellings, as well as providing a base for work and play.

The Sunnyside premises housed what was originally known as Montrose Lunatic Asylum, founded by Susan Carnegie of Charleton. The buildings on Sunnyside Farm were designed by William Moffat and opened in 1858, the first purpose-built asylum premises in Scotland.

* What is your view on demolition? Is it an inevitable part of the process? Given that housing estates are springing up all over the place, why has Sunnyside not been quickly taken up by a developer?

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