More than 120 homes could be built on the site of a former fire station.
Developers have notified Aberdeen City Council that they are exploring the possibility of building approximately 125 properties on the site of the old fire station on North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen – immediately next door to the current fire station.
The project is being masterminded by Sanctuary Housing Association, and all of the properties would be classed as “affordable housing”, meaning they would be sold at 80% of the market value.
Sanctuary has tabled a proposal of application notice to the council and, under planning law, it now has 12 weeks to organise a public consultation event.
A spokesman for the company said it was not yet in a position to comment on the project and it would publicise details of the consultation event in the coming weeks. It is not known at this stage how many bedrooms the properties would have or whether they would be houses, flats or a mix.
Politicians have welcomed the announcement, claiming it could potentially attract more key workers to Aberdeen.
Maureen Watt, MSP for Aberdeen South & North Kincardine, said: “The site on North Anderson Drive is in a prime position for staff coming to work at the hospital, which NHS Grampian can use to attract new talent, but also ensure we retain those staff in the city for years to come.
“By utilising the site for key worker accommodation in the city through the affordable housing supply scheme, the Scottish Government will show its long-lasting commitment to helping address the high demand for mid-market properties Aberdeen is currently facing.”
She added: “I have written to the Local Government and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart, to urge the Scottish Government to consider utilising the site for key workers’ housing. As the development at the old Craiginches Prison site nears completion, I can see what value this type of investment has for the wider community.”
The fire station opened in the 1960s and was replaced by the new facility next door in 2008.
The council has previously thrown out plans for a supermarket claiming it would have a detrimental impact on residential amenity.