A developer is to sell the site of the former Longhaugh Hotel in Fintry just months after securing a planning extension to build houses there.
The plans, for the site on the junction of Pitkerro Road and Longhaugh Road, would have seen up to 20 new homes built.
Andrew Dandie of Graham and Sibbald, the agents representing the developer, confirmed that the full site was up for sale.
But current site owners Tusker Developments declined to comment on why the land was not being developed.
The site had been subject to a number of planning applications in the past. However, these had all been withdrawn prior to the council reaching a decision.
An application, that included a mixture of detached and semi-detached homes, was finally approved by the council in February 2010.
An extension was granted by the council late last year, giving any new owner the chance to build before February 2017.
Councillor Brian Gordon, of the North East ward, said he was not shocked by the move.
He told the Tele: “It is not that surprising because they originally wanted more houses than the council would allow.
“We are excited because there is a lot going on in Whitfield just now, but perhaps the developer had different circumstances.
“Sometimes having the permission in place can help to make the land more desirable.”
If any potential new owner was to press ahead with the housing, it would come amid a wider regeneration of the area including Whitfield to the north.
This week, a 3.9m redevelopment of nearby Ormiston Crescent entered its final stages, more than 25 years after it was launched.
Several months ago, Angus Housing Association (AHA) demolished the area’s three remaining Skarne blocks while, in May, gas tanks that sat close to the Longhaugh quarry were pulled down.
The Longhaugh Hotel burned down in the 1980s and was located near the quarry.
George Roberts, chairman of Whitfield Development Group, said: “The group was disappointed to hear the company has withdrawn from the project.
“The group earnestly hopes another company can be found to take over this project.
“Housing is a priority and sustainable housing is always a demand.”