Old Deer care home house plans approved

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PLANS for 17 new homes on the site of an abandoned Buchan care home have been given the green light.

Councillors at a Buchan Area Committee meeting last week agreed plans for the new houses and flats at the St Drostan’s Care Home sit in Old Deer, four years after the facility closed.

Work on the £2.5 million development, which will include one and a half and two storey houses as well as a block of four flats, is expected to begin later in the year.

Members at the Area Committee were satisfied that the proposed plans were in keeping with the character of the village.

Planning Officer Wendy Forbes said: “This is a very attractive area in the centre of the village. Providing the development is finished to a high standard with wet dash harl and timber windows and doors, the design is acceptable.”

New trees will be planted to replace the 43 that must be removed to accommodate the new homes.

Kevin Taylor, Manager at construction firm JKR Contractors, said: “We are hoping to start on site by late summer as we have had a bit on interest on the flats and some of the bigger houses, but it depends on the building warrant.”

“We plan to demolish the building as soon as we receive a demolition approval from the Council as we have concerns that it will and already has attracted children to play in the building.”