Old linen fac­tory to be­come flats af­ter flood­ing fears dis­missed

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Scot­tish Min­is­ters have given the green light for the con­ver­sion of Arbroath’s his­toric Baltic Mill into flats.

Built in 1861 as a linen weav­ing fac­tory, the mill was owned by town busi­ness­man An­drew Low­son but ended up on the mar­ket fol­low­ing some ill-judged over­seas in­vest­ments by Low­son’s sons fol­low­ing his death.

By 1905 only one of them was still at work and, in 1948, the firm was wound up, with Baltic Works find­ing a new role as a whisky bond.

The prop­erty lay empty for three decades un­til An­gus Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment stan­dards com­mit­tee re­cently ap­proved pro­pos­als for 24 new flats on the Dens Road site.

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

How­ever, the bid faced an ob­jec­tion from the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency over con­cerns about the po­ten­tial flood­ing risk from the nearby Brothock Burn.

An­gus of­fi­cials dis­missed the fears, say­ing the prop­erty’s con­struc­tion style meant its floor level was higher than the pro­jected flood risk.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was unan­i­mously ap­proved by coun­cil­lors, but re­quired rat­i­fi­ca­tion by Scot­tish Min­is­ters.

At their meet­ing in For­far yes­ter­day, de­vel­op­ment stan­dards com­mit­tee mem­bers heard the coun­cil had re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion the ap­pli­ca­tion would not be called in by min­is­ters.

The build­ing is one of the few re­main­ing ex­am­ples of the town’s in­dus­trial his­tory and was given A-listed sta­tus in 2003.

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