Decision delayed on fire hit shops development

Burnt out: The shops at 18 High Street, Carnoustie.

Burnt out: The shops at 18 High Street, Carnoustie.

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A decision on whether to transform a burnt out shop front on Carnoustie High Street into affordable housing has been deferred.

Members of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee were asked on Thursday to approve a proposal, which would see the authority purchase the shops at 18 High Street for demolition at a price of £25,000.

And in its place it was suggested four affordable flats be built.

However at the meeting, concerns were raised that losing shop frontage in the town centre would not help boost Carnoustie economically.

It was also suggested that the ground level of any redevelopment should stay as retail, although any upper levels could become housing.

Local councillor Bill Bowles explained: “The general discussion was centred around concerns that loss of High Street shop frontage would not be a good thing.

“People are concerned that the loss of two possibly three shops from the High Street does not encourage economic recovery.”

The fire-damaged shops at 18 High Street were home to the Perfect Laundry and Carnoustie Country Larder.

A major blaze in January destroyed the building and some local people have raised concerns that it now looks like an eyesore and has a negative visual impact.

These businesses now occupy a unit on a different part of the High Street.