Plans to build 30+ new homes at former nursery school in Dundee

Houses planned for former Lochee RC primary
Houses planned for former Lochee RC primary

Plans to build more than 30 new homes on the site of a former nursery school have been submitted by a housing association.

Hillcrest wants to create 34 flats in two buildings, three and four storeys tall, on the site of the former St Mary’s nursery building in Lochee.

Dunfermline-based architect Oliver & Robb has submitted an application outlining the reasons why it believes Dundee City Council should approve the scheme.

In a detailed planning statement, the firm said all flats at the proposed Coupar Angus Road complex would have two bedrooms and generous floorspace.

The firm claimed 97.7% of Lochee residents live within 500m of a derelict site – and concluded that building flats on the plot would improve the look of the area.

Oliver & Robb said: “With such a prominent position within Lochee, visible from the north, east and south, and from both commercial and residential areas, it is understood that the site has a responsibility to acknowledge both the urban and suburban nature of its complex local context.

“We believe that the proposals will be a positive contribution to the locality.”

Blueprints show that a new access road would be created from Peel Street, avoiding traffic problems on the main road.

St Mary’s nursery was demolished in 2016 after infant classes were integrated into the primary school on the other side of the dual carriageway.

Councillors agreed the move on the grounds that it would reduce disruption between classes.

Hillcrest’s newest plans are the latest in a number of proposals to build new houses in Lochee.

Strathmore Homes was granted permission to build 20 new homes at Foggyley Gardens in November, while an application to transform Burnside Mill was given the go-ahead in July.

The council has until March 21 to consider Hillcrest’s plans.