Permission sought for Auld Nick

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ONE OF Carnoustie’s most iconic buildings could be set for a new lease of life.

A planning application has been submitted to Angus Council for the Auld Nick on Carnoustie High Street.

The application was made by Brechin based architects AB Roger and Young on behalf of a Mr A.J. Innes.

It is proposed the building be sub divided to form three separate class one and two units.

A class one unit would be used for retail while class two would be office space.

The Auld Nick was formerly the town’s police station and has housed a variety of ventures from a doctor’s surgery to commercial outlets.

In 2008, permission was sought to demolish the landmark and replace it with six flats with parking at the rear.

However, the application was eventually refused and the most recent occupant was a modern cafe with mother and toddler facilities.

Peter Burke, chair of the Carnoustie Development Group was pleased to see that a vacant building may be on the verge of being filled.

He said: “The application seems to be a mixture of offices and shops and any building that is filled is better than an empty one.

“If it does become offices, more people would then be coming into the town and it would be nice to think they would use the shops in the High Street.

“If it is a shop, it is in a good position at the top of Ferrier Street and it might attract people to come into the High Street from the Golf Hotel.

“It was a lovely cafe and restaurant before that so it is better that it is being filled with offices than nothing and I’m sure it will be successful.”

l See page three for a follow up story on the wider ‘Vision of Carnoustie’ consultation.