Verdict near on plans to transform local mill into 24 flats

Plans to transform a former Arbroath mill into 24 flats will go before Angus Council’s development standards committee on Tuesday.

The former Baltic Works in Arbroath

Baltic Works was originally built in 1861 as a linen weaving factory, owned by manufacturer Andrew Lowson.

Following Lowson’s death, and ill-judged overseas investments by his sons, all eight of his mills were put up for sale. In 1948 the firm was wound up. Thereafter Baltic Works had a new lease of life as a whisky bond but has been empty for the last three decades.

Cullross Developments, which specialises in affordable housing, took on the development for client Hillcrest Housing Association.

The building is one of the few remaining examples of the town’s industrial history. It was given A-listed status in 2003 by Historic Environment Scotland.

A previous application was withdrawn after objections over flood risk.