Invertay building plan

COUNCILLORS have approved planning permission for a temporary building at Invertay House to be used as a meeting place for groups in Monifieth, writes Jennifer Newton.

Organisations such as the Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group (MCCSG) were left without anywhere to meet after Angus Council stopped evening lets of the Burgh Chambers due to health and safety rules.

The group then approached the local authority about the possibility of temporarily using the building, which was previously used for file storage.

And on Tuesday, members of the development standards committee approved an application to change the temporary building from office accommodation into a community venue.

Two letters of representation had been received by the council with concerns raised about the impact the building would have on parking in the Maule Street area and the visual appearance of the building.

But officers were confident that the building would not significantly increase traffic in the area or have an adverse impact on the appearance of the area.

Mr Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, said: “The proposal will provide a community meeting facility in Monifieth.

“I do not consider that the proposed change of use will have any significant impact on the amenity of the area and conclude that the application complies with the provisions of the development plan.”

It was agreed that permission to use the building should be limited to a period until March 31, 2013, with operating hours of 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

MCCSG have until the same date to show Angus Council they have funding in place for a new community facility in Monifieth, and £300,000 of council funding has already been pledged.

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