The people of Rosemount were given a chance to view new plans to add a further 55 flats to the proposed development of the derelict Richard’s textile mill site.
The completed development will consist of almost 400 flats half of which are conversions of grade A listed buildings including the iconic concrete and red brick chimneys that dominate the Rosemount skyline.
Broadford Works has sat empty since work at the mill was moved to a new site on the outskirts of Aberdeen in 2003. The plans have recieved a mixed response from the community who are concerned about the effect such an influx of people will have on the Rosemount community.
Community Council Chairman Willie Jaffray said: “Our schools are stretched with budget cuts as it is. You can’t bring hundreds of families into an area without giving the community the facilities to cope.”
But Stephen Barker of architects Halliday, Fraser and Monro defended the proposals: “We’ve had overwhelming support from the community and the community councils. There is alot of concern about the condition of the mills and the fact that they’re being used by undesirables who are living there.”
Local resident Fiona Musk said “It is becoming a bit of an eyesore so I think it will have a positive effect on the area.”
At its peak in the 1930’s the mill employed around 3000 people producing flax and other textiles for export around the world.
After this public consultation stage the new plans will be sent to the council’s planning department for approval.