Fire-hit Dundee church to be partly demolished

A developer has been granted permission to demolish part of a Dundee church following a major fire.

The former Lochee Old St Luke’s Church will undergo a partial demolition as developers aim to salvage their plans for new flats at the historic building.

In September, more than 30 firefighters were called to the church, at the corner of Bright Street and Methven Street, as crews battled to bring the blaze under control.

Some residents in neighbouring flats were evacuated as firefighters tackled the flames.

Three boys, aged 13, 14, and 15, were charged with being responsible for the fire and were reported to the Youth Justice Assessor.

A perimeter fence currently stands around the church in a bid to increase security but now part of the building will be demolished due to safety issues.

According to a fire damage report by engineers McGregor McMahon, the church hall and accommodation had been “generally unaffected” by the blaze.

The report stated: “The fire was a malicious act and has resulted in the complete removal of the roof and internal balcony to the main church and apse, together with limited damage to the spire roof.”

The plans recommend the reduction of the height of the walls to five metres, taking about a third off the top of the walls.

Developer Edinburgh MI also has plans aimed at helping to stabilise the spire and tower area, by filling in any openings in the tower using timber frame panelling.

No detail has been given within the proposals about the future for the housing development.

Council planning bosses have now given permission for partial demolition of the building.

A condition has been put in place that prior to work beginning on the site, details of protection for the exposed walls and wall heads must be submitted to the council.

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