An iconic former jute mill in Dundee could soon be transformed into 69 “affordable” flats if new plans are approved.
The unoccupied wing of the B-listed Burnside Mill in Lochee, which has lain empty for decades, would be turned into a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments for social rent.
The site as a whole was originally part of a jute complex dating back to the 1830s but is now owned by Hillcrest Housing Association, who have submitted the plans in association with developer AG Akermo.
It comprises a stone-built warehouse wing of the Camperdown Works, formerly known as the world’s greatest jute works.
Another wing of the Burnside Street building has already been converted into residential units following the mill’s formal closure in 1981.
Angela Linton, Hillcrest’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with G Paterson Architect and Developer AG Akermo to undertake an exciting development of 69 affordable homes in the historic Burnside Mill.
“These good quality, energy efficient apartments will provide a fantastic boost to Dundee’s affordable housing provision while giving tenants a home they can be proud of, steeped in history and character.”
The section to be converted was last used as the former Polysport sports hall but this closed more than 20 years ago.
A number of planning applications have been submitted to convert the warehouse over the past few decades but plans have never materialised.
The last, a plan to convert the building into 38 flats also submitted by AG Akermo, was approved in 2018 but no building work was ever carried out.
It would have seen fewer flats of 39 two and three-bedroom units with combined kitchen/living rooms created within the old mill.
Another plan, approved in 2008, also never came to fruition but would have seen Wellbank Estates Ltd convert the property into 39 flats.
An all-day community consultation event will take place on February 26 from 11am at Lochee Community Hub, Lochee High Street.
Members of the public will be able to view the plans and speak with representatives from Hillcrest.
Images of the design have not yet been released by the architect.