Plans to build a block of flats on the site of a demolished warehouse could help address the need for affordable homes in Aberdeen.
The proposal for 15 affordable flats in a five-storey block near the home of the Dons on Pittodrie Street was lodged with the city council yesterday.
A planning statement by architects Halliday Fraser Munro explains that the area in question is presently being used as a yard while work is ongoing on a nearby block of student flats.
But the space, which was the home of an industrial warehouse belonging to William Nicol Haulage and Storage until it was demolished two years ago, will be vacant when that project is complete.
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The planning statement says the site, to the east of King Street, is perfect for housing as it offers easy access to the beach, the city centre, Aberdeen University and Aberdeen Sports Village.
And the architects say the complex would “provide a positive contribution to the redevelopment and regeneration of the Pittodrie area” if approved.
The statement said: “The area is characterised by traditional granite built properties made up of tenement flats and terraced houses.
“The character of the area is gradually changing from commercial to residential, and student accommodation.”
The statement also stresses that the development would “contribute towards meeting local housing needs”.
It adds: “The site provides a clear benefit in providing affordable housing, meeting local demand and helping Aberdeen City Council to meet its target of delivering 2,000 council homes for social rent by 2023.”
The chairman of Castlehill and Pittodrie Community Council, Jonathan Smith, last night welcomed the application.
Mr Smith said: “We will be speaking to people who live nearby, but our first impression is that this is a good way to ensure there are more affordable homes in the area.
“It is important there is that price range available to people who most need it.”
Trees will be planted along the front of the block, and low hedges will create a “buffer” between the street and the building.
The Aberdeen City and Shire strategic development plan was formed in 2014, and stated aims to increase the population of the area by reusing land which had previously homed other developments.