NHS Tayside in bid to overturn Liff housing decision

NHS Tayside in bid to overturn Liff housing decision

NHS Tayside has lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government to overturn the refusal of housing development plans for the former Royal Liff Hospital site.

In February, Dundee City Council rejected a planning in principle application which sought to convert the land into residential use.

The rejection was handed down due to concerns from councillors over the lack of affordable housing included in the development, despite the proposal being recommended for approval by council planning officers.

Fifteen letters of objection were also submitted to the local authority by members of the public.

If approved, up to 58 houses – a mix of detached and semi-detached – would have been built on the site.

The health board has now submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government’s planning and environment appeals division (DPEA) bidding to overturn the council’s rejection.

In a supporting statement, NHS Tayside argued the development, designed by EMA, was “well-designed and high quality” and would contribute towards the “delivery of much needed private housing”.

The statement also outlined its belief that “no technical evidence or expert opinion” had been provided to support councillor concerns over the lack of affordable housing.

A decision on the appeal is due by July 16.

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