Controversial development at Dundee mansion back on – now with 22 homes

An artist's impression for Anton House

Controversial plans for a £6 million development at a 19th-century mansion have been resubmitted.

Chamberlain Bell Developments is forging ahead with proposals to redevelop Anton House, in Forthill Road, Broughty Ferry.

The original plans were withdrawn in the face of opposition from residents.

But the firm has now launched another proposal for the site, which would see 19 flats and three homes built at the rear of the property. The previous plan was for a residential complex of 29 apartments.

Paperwork submitted to Dundee City Council shows 13 variations to the original designs, including alterations to windows and elevations.

Anton House was put on the market by charity Capability Scotland in August 2014.

The charity had operated the house and associated Ogilvie Centre as a day care facility catering for the social, developmental and physical needs of adults with varying disabilities.

However, problems with wheelchair access meant it was no longer fit for purpose.

Alan Bell, technical director at Chamberlain Bell Developments, said the firm respected the objections from the local community.

He said: “There were obviously a few objections.

“The main one was that there were too many flats proposed.

“We believe we now have a better mix of properties to appeal to a number of buyers, including period properties, penthouse flats and family houses.

“There were concerns from the local community which we have taken on board. Our amended plans have been made in order to satisfy those objections.”

John Watson, planning secretary of Broughty Ferry Community Council, said: “There has been a lot of discussion between the planning department and the applicant, and the conversations have been very positive.

“What we tried to persuade them to do is to keep the character of the area and keep the amenity, such as the garden grounds, and that appears to be the case.”

The flats will be complete with associated car parking, landscaping and a new access road.

The planning application was submitted by Edinburgh-based Fouin + Bell Architects Ltd, on behalf of Chamberlain Bell Developments.

Part of the supporting statement for the proposed development highlighted the aesthetic and monetary value that the plans could generate.

It said: “Although the existing building does have some character, the main building itself has flaws.

“The proposed high-end design, using both traditional and contemporary materials, will enhance the setting and raise the standard of the development. The resulting sales values will generate the necessary revenues essential to make a residential development viable on this site.”

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