Hopes have been raised that this year will finally bring long-awaited progress on development of the vandal-hit Strathmartine Hospital site on the border of Angus and Dundee.
However, more than 15 years since the closure of the facility, and eight months on from Scottish ministers clearing the way for new homes on the sprawling site, an Angus councillor has expressed frustration over the continuing deterioration of the buildings and the ongoing drain on emergency resources forced to respond to fireraising and vandalism incidents.
More than 200 new homes are planned for land at the former hospital, alongside redevelopment of the main building.
Angus development standards councillor Alex King said: “We are hearing nothing about what is happening there.
“Do we have any indications of what is going on, and how long the planning permission is extant? This has been on our enforcement list for a long time and I would like to finally think that we might see some progress.”
Owners Heathfield Ltd put the site on the market and it is understood a buyer is still being sought.
Angus Council planning service leader Kate Cowey said the permission remains valid until 2021, by which time the site owners would have to begin work, or ask for a time extension.