Developers aim to deliver social housing on former Dundee school sites

The sites of former Dundee primary schools have been earmarked to house new homes for social rent.

Developers aim to deliver social housing on former Dundee school sites

St Luke’s and St Matthew’s RC Primary. Image from Google Street View

Two applications have been submitted for the former grounds of Whitfield Primary, one for 30 homes and another for 10 houses and eight flats.

KDM Architects based in Broughty Ferry has submitted the plans on behalf of Dundee developer George Martin Builders and Angus Housing Association.

The plans must receive approval from Dundee City Council before work can begin.

A further application has been submitted to develop the land at the former Longhaugh Primary, which would bring a further 32 new homes to Dundee. The housing was requested by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.

The former site of St Luke’s and St Matthew’s RC Primary could also be converted into 40 new properties, as KDM Architects made an application for the site earlier in 2019.

The two primary schools have been replaced by Ballumbie Primary, which opened in 2011.

Considerations such as wheelchair accessibility have been incorporated into the plans for new housing.

KDM Architects believes that if granted, all the applications will bring some much-needed social housing to the area.

A spokesperson for KMD Architects told The Courier: “There is a lot of demand for social housing at the moment. We are preparing a few more applications for all over Dundee, including Lochee, that we will be putting in soon.

“Houses for the current applications cover a wide range of options for people, up to four or five-bedroom places for families. It’s a good use of the land as well. With the new school in the area, social housing using that land in a really good way is ideal.

“We hope to have construction work begin before the middle of next year.“That all depends on how quick planning permission is granted then we would have other considerations to sort out, but assuming that all goes well the work will begin in the early to middle of next year.”

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