Aberdeenshire Council will spend more than £100,000 demolishing a sheltered housing complex to make way for affordable homes.
In June, councillors reached a compromise over the plans to tear down the former Erroll Court complex in Turriff to replace it with 10 new houses.
The homes will ease the demand for council accommodation in the town, where more than 1,000 people are currently on a waiting list.
Now the local authority has put the demolition work out to tender, and is expected to spend around £120,000 on private contractors.
In a notice issued today, the council lays out a description of the necessary works: “The demolition of an existing sheltered housing complex and all associated, hard landscaping, soft landscaping and termination of services.”
Contractors have until December 2 to submit a bid, and it is understood the council will announce the successful tender in early January, 2016.
Erroll Court was the oldest sheltered housing scheme in the local authority’s stock.
Consent to demolish the accommodation did not need prior approval, and permission has already been granted.
A report presented to the Formartine area committee in June also revealed that since 2010, only three houses have been added to the local authority’s stock locally.