For­mer pri­mary school to be de­mol­ished and the land sold off

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A for­mer Aberdeen school deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments by coun­cil bosses is to be de­mol­ished and the land sold off.

Bucks­burn Pri­mary closed in 2013 when it merged with the nearby Ne­whills to form Brim­mond Pri­mary. Its build­ing, off In­verurie Road, has lain empty since and city coun­cil of­fi­cers have now granted a de­mo­li­tion war­rant.

The £145,000 works will in­clude tear­ing down the for­mer school, nurs­ery and out­build­ings and re­mov­ing all ex­ter­nal fences, gates and play equip­ment.

Once this is com­plete, the 100,000 sq ft site is to be put on the mar­ket.

At the start of the year, Aberdeen City Coun­cil’s lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan high­lighted the site as an op­tion for a new health clinic.

It also made ref­er­ence to po­ten­tially us­ing the land for hous­ing or “other com­pat­i­ble uses”. The re­port sug­gested a fa­cil­ity could be built there to re­place the cur­rent GP clinic which serves Bucks­burn and Bankhead, as it is no longer “fit for pur­pose”.

But last night the city’s health and so­cial care part­ner­ship said this idea was no longer be­ing pro­gressed.

A city coun­cil spokesman said: “The for­mer Bucks­burn Pri­mary School site has been de­clared sur­plus to re­quire­ments and it is our in­ten­tion to bring the site to the open mar­ket in due course.”

Aberdeen Don­side MSP Mark McDon­ald said: “There had been some dis­cus­sion about the site be­ing used as part of the early learn­ing ex­pan­sion in 2020, but clearly that is no longer a con­sid­er­a­tion.

“While the lo­cal plan men­tions health­care, it also men­tions hous­ing and a vague con­cept of other com­pat­i­ble uses.

“It is im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity is given in­volve­ment in any fu­ture plans.”

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