Ambitious plans to transform a fire-ravaged former Aberdeen school into new homes have taken a step forward.
The council has handed over the keys of Torry’s Victoria Road primary to Grampian Housing Association – who will convert the building into affordable homes and community assets – and the Torry Development Trust.
However, the developers may face fresh challenges after a blaze ripped through the Victorian granite building in May causing serious damage.
Yesterday, a notice was submitted to the city council – the first step in the planning process for a major development.
Neil Clapperton, chief executive of GHA, said: “A number of events are planned as part of the pre-application consultation.
“Through this process, we welcome the opportunity to work with the people of Torry and the Development Trust to present a shared regeneration proposal.
“Our plans will bring together affordable housing to assist people who want to stay in a new setting on Victoria Road while community facilities will breathe new life into the heart of Old Torry.”
David Fryer, lead trustee with Torry Development Trust said: “This provides an opportunity to present the development of the feasibility study we created last year with fantastic support from community, business and third sector organisations.
“We encourage everyone who cares passionately about our granite heritage to look over our proposals and have their say.
“Our partnership is very keen to progress the project and it is our shared ambition to start the restoration and conversion work in the summer of 2020.”