THE FORMER HEALTH centre in Forres is to be demolished to make way for new council housing.
Moray Council this week confirmed that it had purchased the site of the former Forres health centre from NHS Grampian with the help of funding from the Scottish Government.
Local councillor Aaron McLean declared the announcement as “fantastic news” on learning that the local authority would demolish the existing building within nine months, with planning permission being sought for the creation of 12 one-bedroom flats including on-site parking.
The SNP councillor said: “It is fantastic news that the council are to turn the old health centre in Forres into council houses thanks to Scottish government funding.
“So many council houses built in last few years – compared to decades of neglect in regards to council house numbers.”
It is expected that a start on the project could be made later this year. Chairman of the communities committee, Eric McGillivray, said: “I am delighted we have managed to acquire this prime site for housing close to the town centre.
“The council has added more than 300 new homes to its housing stock over the past few years and this latest acquisition of a site for further housing development is very welcome.”