THE way was clear today for parts of a historic hospital to be demolished – to create hundreds of homes.
The Evening Express can today reveal conservation area consent to demolish parts of the former Royal Cornhill Hospital has now been granted by Aberdeen City Council planning officers, which means work can now start on creating 323 homes.
Preparatory demolition work has already begun at the site.
And these are the latest images showing how the development, which was unveiled in March 2013, could look.
The joint proposals from NHS Grampian, Stewart Milne Homes and Barratt North Scotland received planning approval by councillors in February but had yet to be given permission for demolition work to start.
The former hospital is one of 11 conservation areas in Aberdeen where additional controls over demolition, alterations to buildings and planning permission are enforced in case it affects the character of the area.
The historic granite hospital building is now expected to be turned into 36 flats, while 198 new build flats and 89 homes would be built elsewhere on the site.
The lower hospital, which was originally the Royal Lunatic Asylum, is to be demolished while five buildings making up part of the upper hospital will be converted into homes.