Invitations sent to 266 objectors for hearing on plans to demolish Aberdeen school

Plans have been lodged to demolish Victoria Road School and replace it with homes.
Plans have been lodged to demolish Victoria Road School and replace it with homes.

Hundreds of objectors have been invited to attend a public hearing into plans to flatten a former Aberdeen primary school.

Barratt Homes has lodged an application to demolish Victoria Road School in Torry to build a residential development of 62 flats.

And a total of 266 people have received letters from Aberdeen City Council after objecting to the loss of the granite building.

Such was the level of representation, planning development management committee members unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing into the plans.

Torry Heritage Group member Ally Spence said the building should be reopened as a school to ease overcrowding in the community.

He added: “It was a school for 200 years and we have an engineer’s report saying the building is sound. They should not destroy the granite.”

The letter, which has been posted to all the objectors, said: “The hearing will allow the detail of the development proposal to be closely examined and the concerns and views of those members of the public who have made representations to be put directly to the planning development management committee in advance of a decision on the matter.”

Douglas McLeod, regional director at Barratt Scotland, said: “The public hearing will allow Barratt North Scotland to consult further with the local community, enabling us to deliver a scheme that will improve the local area and streetscape whilst providing much-needed new homes, including 16 for affordable purchase or rent.”

The hearing will take place in the Town and County Hall in the Town House on Wednesday, May 18 at 11am.