Homes plan for for­mer school

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY JOSHUA KING

Plans have been lodged to trans­form a for­mer north­east pri­mary school into two homes.

Prop­erty agents KL Reid As­so­ciates wants to con­vert the for­mer ed­u­ca­tion build­ing in Long­side on be­half of client Mark Buchan.

The de­vel­op­ers have agreed to buy the prop­erty on the vil­lage’s Inn Brae sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion for the con­ver­sion be­ing granted.

The pro­pos­als for the site, which over­looks Long­side’s mod­ern pri­mary school build­ing, in­clude cre­at­ing two fourbed homes.

In a sup­port­ing state­ment to coun­cil plan­ners, the de­vel­oper said: “The ap­pli­cant has agreed the pur­chase of the re­dun­dant build­ings from Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion be­ing granted for the pro­posed change of use and is seek­ing to re­tain and main­tain the ex­ist­ing build­ing which is much prefer­able to the build­ing be­ing ne­glected and the fab­ric of said build­ing de­te­ri­o­rat­ing into any fur­ther dis­re­pair.”

Un­til a deal was struck be­tween the ap­pli­cant and Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, the for­mer school had lain empty for more than a decade.

De­tailed plans for the homes have not been drawn up yet as the cur­rent ap­pli­ca­tion is only to change the use of the site from a school to hous­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is open to pub­lic com­ment un­til Fe­bru­ary and a fi­nal de­ci­sion is ex­pected in March.

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