It would have been one of the first lines of defence against Hitler’s hordes, had Nazi forces stormed Barry Buddon during the Second World War.
Now, one property developer is looking to transform a once-proud Royal Observer Corps (ROC) observation bunker into a bespoke property.
Situated in the picturesque Downie hills, the former bunker has lain almost untouched for decades, metres underground.
Located to the south of the Monikie reservoir, the relic lies underneath an overgrown hill on a brownfield site.
Plans have been submitted to Angus Council to build a house on the land and create access to the concrete structure.
The plans are for a private house plot that would aim to retain the bunker in some form.
The application has been lodged by agent Lee Fotheringham from Voigt Architects Ltd on behalf of applicant Mr D Spink.
In its planning statement, the architects firm said: “The proposal is to retain and reuse a former ROC Bunker and construct a dwellinghouse adjacent to the bunker, as well as a change of use to an area of agricultural land to garden ground associated with the house.”
Images of the bunker show that it has remained untouched since it was last used several decades ago.
Two options for the future of the bunker have been proposed in the planning statement.
The first suggests excavating the surrounding mound to create a new ground level, before constructing a new house around it and converting the bunker into either a large outbuilding or garage.
The second is to build a structure over the top of the bunker and incorporate the access shaft as a unique feature of any future property.
The statement added: “Given the prominent position on the hillside, it is expected that the new house will be sensitively designed to sit comfortably in its setting and complement and not detract from the immediate and wider landscape and countryside. Both options will aim to retain the bunker structure if possible.”
The site, which is 2,000m squared, would be accessed via a new track which would connect to an existing road once construction had been completed – if planning permission is approved.
To the south-west of the bunker is a telecommunications mast, surrounded by dense woodland. To the east stands the Panmure testimonial monument, Monument cottage and Downiehill House.
An article from the Observer Post, written by the late Rev Douglas Chisholm, minister of Monikie Parish until 1983, describes some of the sights spotted by the watchers on duty during the six-year conflict.
It notes that a German bomber plane was spotted by the one of the observers from his post close to the bunker.
Flying low across the nearby sea, it dropped a bomb on Ardownie before it was caught by the searchlight at Monikie Manse and shot down.
Another tells of a German plane in 1940, which in dense fog narrowly missed a local church roof before tearing through a dyke at the top of Cunmont field and ploughing 150 yards through a plantation.