A gap site at Dundee’s City Quay could finally be filled after plans were unveiled for more than 100 new flats.
Edinburgh-based JM Architects has told the council it wants to build about 120 affordable homes along with parking facilities on an area of land to the west of Thorter Row and south of South Victoria Dock Road.
The site, close to HM Frigate Unicorn, is currently used as a car park. Despite several apartment blocks being built at City Quay in the last couple of decades, the land has remained vacant, as previous proposals for new homes have failed to materialise.
According to a proposal of application notice lodged with the council, the development would also include a retail unit, green space, and cycle and refuse storage.
Bill Newcombe, chairman of the City Centre and Harbour Community Council, said the group was “very much open-minded” about the plans, but could have concerns about the loss of the car park.
He said: “There have been various plans for that site over the years and we always knew it was going to be developed.
“At the moment it’s a case of waiting to see what exactly is planned.
“With the retail unit, one would favour a convenience store, but it could be that something else such as a cafe is planned — we don’t know yet.”
Addressing the loss of parking, he said: “It was always known that the site was going to be used as a car park only temporarily.
“Losing that certainly could lead to some parking problems.
“It’s amazing how busy the car park has become and there always was going to be that issue.
“We are consulting with the council to see what measures will be made to keep parking spaces free for residents.
“There will be a marina as well, which will bring in more traffic, but we will continue to discuss with the council to see what can be done.”
A meeting will be held at the Apex Hotel on Tuesday December 12 to discuss the plans.
Representatives from the community council and the Stobswell Forum, along with ward councillors, have been invited to attend — with members of the public also welcome.
A marina is planned for City Quay as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Waterfront.