Housing plan for Perth city centre church

Perth and District YMCAPlans have been unveiled to build 21 flats and a new YMCA operations centre on the site of a church in Perth city centre.

The young people’s charity has submitted proposals to demolish the former St Andrew’s and St Stephen’s Parish Church and pave the way for the development.

The old church, which is owned by the charity, is on the official buildings at risk register and has been described as unusable and unsafe. The Perth-based YMCA also wants to demolish two tenement blocks on North William Street.

If approved, the scheme would see 21 flats and a new YMCA operations centre built on a site in Atholl Street and North William Street.

The flats, a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments over three storeys, will be run by Caledonia Housing Association.

In its submission to Perth and Kinross Council, a spokesman for the developers said: “The new facilities will provide a suitably sized and equipped administrative base for YMCA national activities.”

A public consultation will be held before the plans are considered.

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