Dundee res­i­dents urged to have their say on water­front’s site 12.

Dundee res­i­dents asked to share their opin­ions on plan for mixed-use de­vel­op­ment site next to ur­ban beach

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - DEREK HEALEY

Res­i­dents in Dundee have been given the op­por­tu­nity to shape a ma­jor new project at the water­front.

Dawn De­vel­op­ments, the firm be­hind an ap­pli­ca­tion to build a mixed-use fa­cil­ity on site 12, next to land ear­marked for the city’s planned ur­ban beach, have urged lo­cal peo­ple to share their views on what the build­ing should be used for.

A pro­posal for ap­pli­ca­tion no­tice was sub­mit­ted to Dundee City Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber for a de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tially stretch­ing up to seven storeys tall and in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from of­fices and ho­tels to res­i­den­tial hous­ing and shops.

Paul O’Don­nell, the firm’s de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, said project lead­ers would lis­ten to the views of res­i­dents across a num­ber of con­sul­ta­tions be­fore de­cid­ing on the fi­nal plans.

He said: “Given the promi­nence of it, both to the V&A and the town cen­tre, in my view it’s go­ing to be a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment.

“My be­lief is it will prob­a­bly be a hy­brid be­tween of­fice and res­i­den­tial. How­ever, I would like to see what other peo­ple think.

“The site has four sides, one of which is on to Slessor Gar­dens, one is on to the river and the other two are on to the bridge. So the gar­dens and the river lend them­selves to the res­i­den­tial com­po­nent of the de­vel­op­ment.

“What I would ask is for peo­ple to give us their views on it be­cause some might want a big mas­sive tower as a state­ment, oth­ers might like some­thing that’s two or three lev­els.

“In terms of the mix­ture of the de­vel­op­ment and its shape, I think given the ty­pog­ra­phy of the site, that’s prob­a­bly fixed – so how it is de­signed, its con­fig­u­ra­tion and so on are the things we would like to hear from the pub­lic.”

Re­tired adult ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment worker Farzana Chaudhry was one of the first res­i­dents to give her thoughts on the plans and praised de­vel­op­ers for be­ing “sym­pa­thetic” to the views of lo­cal peo­ple.

She said: “I would be a bit con­cerned if it’s too high or you couldn’t see out­side and it shuts off views of the city. It would be nice to have glass so you can see the sur­round­ings.

“I would def­i­nitely pre­fer this to the sky­scraper idea. We have al­ready got rid of all the mul­tis with Tay­side House and we def­i­nitely don’t want just a big con­crete build­ing.

“It has taken a long time for Dundee to rein­vent it­self, this is a chance to do it right.”

Bar­bara Ill­s­ley, chair­woman of Dundee Civic Trust, was also im­pressed by the ap­proach taken by the de­vel­op­ers but was keen to see more in­for­ma­tion.

She said: “I was sur­prised at the sug­ges­tion of an­other ho­tel be­cause it seems we have a lot in the im­me­di­ate area al­ready but the key thing, I think, is what­ever is built has to be high qual­ity.

“If it is a well-de­signed build­ing, it can be an im­por­tant en­try site into the city. I’m pleased to see more res­i­den­tial space be­ing dis­cussed.” [email protected]­courier.co.uk

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic look at the plans at the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the water­front be­ing held in Dundee Sta­tion.

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