Dundee flats plan rejected as it would affect ‘historic character’ of building

Lochee West Church

Council planning chiefs have rejected a proposal to convert a flat into three separate dwellings due to concerns about the effect it would have on a listed building.

Site owner Michael Johnston had hoped to split up the ground-floor former manse apartment of Lochee West Church through the addition of new walls.

However, city planners said the bid, which would affect the Grade C listed building in Coupar Angus Road within the Lochee Conservation Area, would lead to an unsafe increase in traffic in the area.

In addition, while the proposed plan would have met size requirements for new homes, planners felt the alterations would affect the “historic character” of the building too much to warrant approval.

Commenting that the proposal would have a “negative impact” on the layout of the building, they said: “The proposal would not preserve its architectural and historic character by virtue of design and layout.”