Fresh plans submitted to knock down Moray offices to make way for flats

An artist impression of how the flats would appear from Clifton Road.
An artist impression of how the flats would appear from Clifton Road.

Fresh plans have been submitted to demolish an office block in a Moray town to make way for flats.

Osprey Housing wants to knock down its base in Lossiemouth to make way for the new homes.

Proposals to build flats at the Clifton Road site were thrown out in 2017 amid concerns that the three-storey building was too large for the area.

Now revised plans have been submitted to Moray Council for two smaller buildings, which would have a total of 10 flats, to fit in with neighbouring structures.

Concerns were raised by planners that the previous development would appear too large behind listed buildings when viewed from the beachfront.

Glenn Adcook, chief executive of Osprey Housing Moray, said: “We have resubmitted a planning application designed to be more sensitive to previous planning concerns.

“However, the original aim of proving an option for the site to be developed should it be appropriate to do so remains in place.

“We will await the outcome of the planning application before taking any further view on the future of the site.”

Osprey Housing is considering moving from its current Lossiemouth home, which would leave the existing building empty.

The housing association believes the location would prove to be an ideal location to provide low-cost rental accommodation in a town centre location.

Concerns were raised by nearby residents about the original plans amid concerns they would block out light and reduce privacy.

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Changes made to the proposal include ensuring that the top floor of the rear building only has windows in the roof while sandstone has been chosen for the frontage to match the character of the area.

Heldon and Laich councillor James Allan believes more homes are needed in the town but stressed developments must fit the area.

He said: “Lossiemouth doesn’t have as much area around it as other places so there isn’t the same room to build flats. They’re needed though with the extra RAF people coming though.

“I know neighbours that stayed there thought the old plans were a bit much and thought they looked out of place. Developments need to fit the character of the street they’re on.”