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Councillors urged to back redevelopment of former Tay Rope Works

The former Tay Rope Works building.
The former Tay Rope Works building.

Councillors have been urged to back new plans to convert a former Dundee rope works into flats, bringing to an end a planning saga that has run for more than 26 years.

Council officers are recommending the local authority approves plans to build five houses and four flats on the site of the former Tay Rope Works on Magdalen Green.

F&H Developments say it will be necessary to demolish the facade of the building for the work to take place but it would be rebuilt, with the existing signage re-used.

Attempts to redevelop the building have been taking place for more than a quarter of a century.

Planning applications were approved in 1993, 2011 and 2015 but never realised.

Several plans were refused in 2005, 2006, 2008 and most recently, in November  last year.

Councillors voted 15 to 10 against plans to build new flats and houses on the site.

A total of 17 objections have been lodged against the new plans, plus another six objections to F&H Developments’ separate application to demolish the building’s facade.

Objectors claim the development will have detrimental impacts on privacy, security and residential amenity through overshadowing, increased noise and parking.

They say there will be a negative impact on the character and appearance of the West End.

In a report to go before Dundee City Council’s planning committee on Monday, officers say the development should be given the green light.

It states: “The proposals would provide a high quality residential development within close proximity to Magdalen Green and result in the re-development of a long standing derelict site within the West End Lanes Conservation Area.

“These are material considerations of sufficient weight to justify approval of the application.”

Officers also recommend councillors grant permission to demolish the faced of the building on the condition the developers provide information on how they will knock down the face and re-incorporate the Tay Rope Works signage into he new building.

The report adds: “The demolition of the facade would facilitate a residential development within a site which has been vacant for a significant period of time and is in a deteriorating condition.

“It is therefore concluded that the proposed works
comply with national planning guidance with regard to development affecting a listed building.”

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