Go-ahead for 369 flats at site of old Aberdeen school

An artist's impression of how the homes could look.
An artist's impression of how the homes could look.

Plans to build almost 370 flats at a former Aberdeen school have been approved.

City council officers have given the go-ahead to develop 369 flats at the former Summerhill Academy on the Lang Stracht.

Work is expected to begin soon on the £35 million plan, which will involve the construction of eight four-storey blocks facing the main road.

A three-year construction period has been estimated for the development, meaning the flats should be occupied from 2020.

The application forms part of a wider project between Aberdeen City Council and Places for People to build 1,000 new affordable homes on five sites across the Granite City, and is part of Aberdeen City Council’s wider plan to deliver up to 2,030 new homes in total.

The site on the Lang Stracht

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The foundations, substructure and below-ground drainage for all eight blocks were approved on April 4.

“This week’s approval was for full planning permission for the entire site at Summerhill.

“In terms of a start on site, this is dependent on all statutory approvals having been received and the formalising of contracts.

“It is anticipated that works will start shortly but subject to final negotiation with our partners Places for People.”

Cars will enter the site from both Stronsay Drive and Gairsay Drive but transport assessment for the application said vehicles are likely to only use the Stronsay Drive access as this provides the most direct route on to the wider road network in Aberdeen.

Summerhill Academy

Summerhill Academy opened in 1962 and operated as a school up to the late 1980s at which point the school building was used as an education office.

Councillor Steve Delaney, who represents the Summerhill area, said: “It will be good to see something on the site as it has been empty for some time.

“There have been several safety concerns at the site for a couple of years now so it is good that work will start soon.

“I have concerns that the flats will not all be affordable which is disappointing as that is what we need in the area.

“The mid-market flats is something we also need more of.”

Cllr Delaney was also worried about the situation on the Lang Stracht.

“The traffic could be a problem on the Lang Stracht, especially when around 370 flats are going to be built,” he said.

“I do welcome the news of work going ahead but I also recognise the concerns that people in the community have.

“I hope the build goes to plan and it remains on schedule.”

The Summerhill Academy plot was previously earmarked for a superstore but Morrisons dropped its plans in July 2014.