Councillors urged to approve plans for 163 homes in Dundee

Derby Street DundeePlans to build more than 150 homes on the site of two former Dundee multis have been recommended for approval.

Councillors on Dundee City Council’s development management committee will discuss a proposal to build 163 residential units on land where the Bucklemaker and Butterburn Court blocks stood in the city’s Hilltown area before being demolished in 2013.

Collective Architecture have been commissioned to design the development by Robertson Partnership Homes, on behalf of Hillcrest Housing Association and Dundee City Council.

Under the plans, the new properties would be made up of 123 flats and 40 houses of which there would be five detached houses, 35 terraced homes, 12 two storey flats and 93 flats.

Another 18 of the flats would be supported accommodation.

The development is proposed to be split into two housing areas separated by a pedestrian walkway.

A total of 150 car parking spaces are proposed within two courtyard areas as well as 10 additional spaces in front of properties and a further nine on-street spaces.

The maximum height of the flats has been reduced from seven to six storeys after the planners took into account the surroundings of the area.

And the buildings will be significantly smaller than their predecessors at Bucklemaker and Butterburn Court — which were both 22 storeys high.

In the planning application recommended for approval, it states: “The Regeneration Framework presents a basic urban building plan for the Derby Street area, with town houses and apartments to the western edge of Strathmartine Road and recreating Russell Street as a pedestrian link between Strathmartine Road and Derby Street.

“The proposed development reintroduces Russell Street as a pedestrian thoroughfare, which will contribute positively to permeability in the area for new and existing residents.

“The re-introduction of Russell Street to the application site is one of the principal features of the scheme and would enhance the public realm.”

The plans will be considered by councillors on Monday.

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