Developer drops bid for 60-bed Brechin care home for second time

The plug has been pulled on plans for a 60-bed care home in Brechin – for the second time.

Simply UK hoped to create 20 new jobs in the town with the development of a former granary and construction site in Park Road.

The idea first emerged in January 2021 when the Bellshill-based developer submitted a planning application to Angus Council.

But he pulled the original program within months.

The site overlooks the Caledonian Railway

Early plans showed a U-shaped building on the sloping ground near Brechin station.

The company said it was going back to the drawing board to design a development that would address planners’ concerns.

Original plans for a U-shaped retirement home were withdrawn last year.

A modified plan was then tabled last August.

But it has now also been removed.

The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Simply UK says there is an unmet demand for care home beds in Brechin.

The city’s 75+ age group is expected to increase by 88% by 2037.

Residents call for action at dilapidated site

Residents are desperate to see something done with the site.

A neighbor called the old yard an “imminent accident”.

In a letter to planners, Elizabeth Addison of Park Road said teenagers used the old buildings as a weekend drinking den.

“They push against the dilapidated and dangerous stone wall, lying on the sidewalks under the looming masonry,” she said.

“Certainly the current owners of this site have a responsibility to ensure that its boundaries are secure in light of its undeniably dangerous state.”

There were earlier plans for eight new homes on the site.

Abandoned site at Park Road Brechin
Locals say teenagers regularly visit the dilapidated Park Road site.

“We were initially prepared to deal with the abject embarrassment of living directly opposite the entrance to a derelict site as it was covered in greenery so a little less jarring and we thought something would be done in a year or so. of them.

“However, not only has nothing been done, but it is now worse than ever.

“I would say the time has come for the current owners to be legally compelled by Angus council to close the gap in the wall so that it is safe for anyone using the public road and to avoid possible death at the coming.

“That’s enough,” she said.

Caley Railway concerns

The neighbor Caledonian Railway previously highlighted the proximity of the planned care home to its operations.

“If the site is going to be developed and we agree that something needs to be done with the site, then we want it to be done in a sympathetic way that reflects the location and the surroundings,” he said. declared.

The volunteer-run railway has also appealed to planners to retain the original facade of the old building.

Brechin Caledonian Railway
The Park Road site is next to the Brechin Caledonian Railway. Photo: Steve MacDougall/DCT Media.

And he said the nature of the tourist attraction might not suit all residents of a new care home.

“Some of the residents may indeed find our operations quite relaxing and enjoyable,” they commented.

“Our trains regularly park on the platform directly adjacent to the site for 30 minutes or more when we are operating.

“We are a tourist railway and do not operate station stops like the main national railways where trains are only briefly at stations.

“While we don’t have extended operations and try to accommodate neighbors as much as possible, we occasionally run later trains, including extended times from time to time.”

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