Old school de­mo­li­tion un­der way

The Oban Times - - News -

DE­MO­LI­TION of the for­mer Lochy­side Pri­mary School build­ing started this week.

Dig­gers ap­peared on site on Tues­day April 18 to start knock­ing down the school, which first opened in 1964.

High­land Coun­cil and Lochaber Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, work­ing to­gether with High­land Small Com­mu­ni­ties Hous­ing Trust, are re­de­vel­op­ing the site into 60 new homes and as­so­ci­ated ser­vices in­clud­ing an amenity area with play park as well as roads and land­scap­ing.

There will be a mix of two, three and four bed dwellings in the form of two-storey vil­las, bun­ga­lows and twoand-a-half storey flats.

The de­vel­op­ment was dis­cussed at the Caol Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meet­ing on April 10 where mem­bers com­mented that progress had been slow, de­mo­li­tion was yet to take place and there may now be birds nest­ing in nearby trees which could hold the process up even more.

Houses bor­der­ing the de­vel­op­ment had re­ceived let­ters alert­ing them of plans to move the po­si­tion of some of the houses. It is be­lieved the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer ob­jected to the amount of space be­ing used for park­ing and in par­tic­u­lar the ra­tio of green space to tar. Changes were there­fore made to the plan to cre­ate more green space which meant the ori­en­ta­tion of the houses had to be changed.

How­ever, com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­ber John Gille­spie said: ‘It’s good they’ve started now.’

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘We ex­pect de­mo­li­tion work to be fin­ished in June 2017 and the new homes are ex­pected to be com­plete in late 2018.’

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