‘Hideous’ plans lodged for four blocks of flats overlooking Tay

An architect drawing of how the former Netherlea Hospital could look

Controversial plans for flats designed to take advantage of views over the Tay to the new V&A in Dundee have been submitted.

The former Netherlea Hospital in Newport could be demolished and replaced by four blocks comprising a mix of a total of 29 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

If the plans by Sutherland Hussey Harris are approved, the developers say work on site could begin next year and be completed in 2019.

However, there is likely to be some opposition to the plans after locals branded initial designs “hideous” and “like Lego”, and baulked at suggestions the new homes could cost up to £650,000.

The new proposal would see the former hospital, which closed in 2011 and has since been targeted by vandals, flattened to make way for the development.

Sutherland Hussey Harris said the plan aimed to provide “new contemporary homes for local homeowners who plan to downsize”.

The company added: “Newport-on-Tay has many large Victorian villas but very few contemporary houses that provide modern qualities with the expansive views across the River Tay towards Dundee.”

Sutherland Hussey Harris said the housing units had been designed to “mediate between public and private space giving residents the opportunity to choose between the activity of the public spaces or privacy of private gardens”.

However, one comment on the Newport, Wormit and Forgan Community Council’s Facebook page labelled the apartments as “hideous concrete creations”, while another said the properties were “probably not within the reach of a lot of current Newport residents”.

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