Eyesore to be demolished?

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A burnt out building on Carnoustie High Street could be set for demolition and be given a new lease of life thanks to Angus Council.

The building at 16 to 18 High Street, which formerly housed the Perfect Laundry, Carnoustie Country Larder and Granite City Fish was gutted by the blaze in January.

The shops have now been made safe but have stood empty ever since with some local residents concerned about the negative visual impact.

But yesterday (Thursday) at the council’s neighbourhood services committee, members were asked to approve plans for the authority to acquire the unit of 18 High Street and then to create affordable housing.

A report that went before the committee stated that the owner of the unit would be agreeable to the council purchasing the property for £25,000 for demolition and then create four new flats.

It also added that the owner of 16 High Street had plans to refurbish the unit to bring it back into either retail or commercial use.

Alan McKeown, strategic director of communities, explained: “Concerns have been raised regarding the negative visual impact of the derelict shop units on Carnoustie High Street.

“The outcome of these discussions is that the owner is amenable to the premises being acquired by Angus Council for redevelopment as affordable housing for the sum of £25,000.”

A draft feasibility study for the redevelopment of the shop unit at 18 High Street has been drawn up which envisages demolition of the fire-damaged shop unit and construction of four new flats for rent as affordable housing.”