Getting best value for redundant water site

The redevelopment of a redundant water treatment works within the Cairngorm National Park for Scottish Water is a good example of how planning permission is the key to unlocking potential and can turn a property into a viable building opportunity.

Brief

Since 2006 Bell Ingram has been assisting Scottish Water to dispose and manage their redundant assets which currently number approximately 800. We carry out annual health and safety inspections, and assist Scottish Water to secure best value in disposing of sites, either by sale at auction or on the market, through our Agency Team.

Bell Ingram Design also works within the Scottish Water Redundant Assets Framework to advise on the development potential of these redundant assets which range from redundant waterworks and brownfield site to empty office buildings.

The Process

We undertake planning and development appraisals of redundant site to establish whether or not the development and reuse would be supported in principle by the Local Planning Authority.

The planning policies and guidelines against which planning application are assessed vary widely throughout Scotland depending on the siting and location. Where development potential can be supported, our planning specialists prepare and submit a planning application on behalf of Scottish Water.

Outcome

We recently secured planning permission for the redevelopment of the redundant water treatment works at Blackpark, Inverdruie, Aviemore. The site, within the Cairngorm National Park, can now be sold with the benefit of planning permission in principle for a single house and has so far generated considerable interest from prospective purchasers. 

Catherine Newton

Associate
Planning Consultant
Perth
Tel: 01738 621 121

Lauren Livingston

Architectural Technologist
Design
Forfar
Tel: 01307 462 516

Article posted on 02/11/2020

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