Community group formally objects to plan to flatten former Aberdeen school

Homes are planned at the Victoria Road School site.
Homes are planned at the Victoria Road School site.

A COMMUNITY council is set to formally object to plans to demolish a former primary school and replace it with flats.

Barratt Homes has lodged full proposals to flatten the Victoria Road Primary School building in Torry to build a residential development.

Plans reveal a total of 25% of the 62 flats will be affordable housing.

Torry Community Council will formally object to the proposals.

Group secretary David Fryer said the granite heritage of Torry should be saved and brought back into use.

He added: “The community is against the destruction of the building with its unique architecture and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“We suggest they spend some money on it and bring it back into use.

“We will submit an objection and we want others to make their own comments known.”

A planning statement by consultants Halliday Fraser Munro, on behalf of Barratt Homes, said it was “not viable” to renovate the buildings for residential accommodation.

 

The school, which was built back in 1878, closed its doors in 2008.

Torry Heritage Group led the campaign to save the 136-year-old school – including a petition of more than 2,000 signatures.

But Aberdeen city councillors voted 19 to 14 to demolish the school and sell the land.

 

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