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January 7 2013

Broughty Ferry affordable homes plan submitted
Plans have been submitted to Dundee City Council for the redevelopment of a C listed single storey cottage in the Broughty Ferry conservation area of Dundee to accommodate a development of 16 flats – after it was deemed uneconomical to repair.

The home’s owner has commissioned Brunton Design Studio to draw up the plans, which entail erection of a four storey block turning the corner between Brook Street and St Vincent St, adopting a four storey profile the upper level would be recessed to avoid a ‘pastiche vernacular’.

This will provide new affordable housing, of which there is a shortage locally, and entails an application to the Green Homes Initiative whereby the Scottish Government stumps up equity to allow the developer to receive 100% of the discounted sale price or in the form of a construction cost grant.

In return the homes will be built to a higher standard of construction, minimising their carbon footprint.

Planning officers had previously expressed ‘significant concerns’ at the proposed scheme. principally in relation to the appropriateness of a flatted solution in this location, the scale of the proposed replacement and a negative impact on the amenity of neighbouring dwellings.
The contemporary approach is intended to match the scale of neighbouring properties
The contemporary approach is intended to match the scale of neighbouring properties
This C listed cottage would make way for the proposals
This C listed cottage would make way for the proposals

4 Comments

Mr A. Brown
#1 Posted by Mr A. Brown on 7 Jan 2013 at 15:27 PM
Is Broughty Ferry really the place were need to be spending government money? Lining private developer pockets? We have bigger cities and deprived areas in desperate need of new housing and employment.
Mac Mac
#2 Posted by Mac Mac on 7 Jan 2013 at 16:55 PM
At what stage should Architects advise their Clients that their brief is over development of the site?? Do we as Architects lose credibility with the Planning Departments and the public by submitting proposals that are out of scale with the neighbouring context.
I know that in these lean times we are all desperate for work and fees, but we should all have a duty to prepare designs that are suitable for the location of the site. Yes there is a need for affordable housing in Broughty Ferry, but I am sure that there will be more suitable sites for the Scottish Government equity funding?
If Planning was ever to be more deregulated, then Architects should be the final champions of design and scale to protect the built environment.
Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
#3 Posted by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon on 21 Jan 2013 at 09:20 AM
Mac Mac - Over development of a site? What about required development? If this small minded approach was that of all architects no truly great structures would ever be constructed never mind a simple block of flats
David McDowell
#4 Posted by David McDowell on 25 Jan 2013 at 21:37 PM
Does anyone seriously believe that the above design is acceptable for the centre of broughty ferry!!!
Aesthetics are far more important than the current obsession with minimising our "so called carbon footprint"

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