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Plans scrapped for development of former Aberdeen school

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A leading property developer has scrapped controversial plans to turn a Victorian Aberdeen school into flats.

Barratt North Scotland has confirmed it will not proceed with a scheme to build 56 flats on the site of Victoria Road school after the local authority rejected the plans.

The proposed development of the former school, which has lain empty since 2008, received 557 complaints after the project was announced in 2014.

Councillors overwhelmingly voted against the venture in January, citing pressure from campaigners to preserve the iconic granite building.

Barratt said at the time, it was “very disappointed”, but was looking at alternate plans for the site in the hope it could offer an improved design.

But they have now confirmed they have axed plans to develop the former school.

A spokesperson said: “We will not be proceeding with further proposals for Victoria Road.”

Torry Heritage Group, which has campaigned to save the 136-year-old building said they were happy with the result, but reiterated their desire for the council to “bring the building back into service.”

The housebuilder lodged the £3.8 million plans in early 2014, before revising the plans last year over concerns about the proposal.

Aberdeen city council commented that Barratt had not yet officially withdrawn from the proposed development.

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