Social housing plan for vacant Montrose textile factory

Plans have been submitted to transform a dilapidated Montrose textile factory into 26 flats for social rent.

Social housing plan for vacant Montrose textile factory

Chapel Works (Nick Birse - CC BY-SA)

The former Chapel Works, also known as Paton’s Mill, was founded in 1795 as a linen and rope works and has been on the buildings at risk register for a number of years after closing in 1967. The building was due for demolition in 1991 before the order was overturned.

Dundee architecture practice ARKTX has now lodged proposals to convert the building into 10 one-bed, eight two-bedroom, and eight three-bedroom flats.

The new homes would be maintained by Hillcrest, The Courier reports.

In the planning statement, ARKTX wrote: “The proposed residential development is of benefit to the site and to the immediate and wider context of Montrose.

“It helps to make the town more sustainable and provides a commendable use for a brownfield site which has lain dormant for a number of years by preserving and enhancing the historic character of the site, whilst bringing a new, much-needed use to a derelict brownfield site in the conservation area.”

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