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Press release - 26 November 2019

Grampian Housing Association and the Torry Development Trust

Planning application submitted for major regeneration of former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen

A planning application has now been submitted by Grampian Housing Association for the major redevelopment of the former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen.  

This community regeneration project will see the conversion of two historic school buildings along with new build to provide up to 50 affordable homes, a mix of one, two, three and five bedroom houses and apartments set in a mixed soft and hard landscape.  Multi-purpose community facilities, including a small nursery will be provided in partnership with Torry Development Trust.

The planning application follows a successful consultation period where people indicated their support for the proposals after attending community events, including Doors Open Day, presentations and participating in a survey.  

Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association said: 


“It is an exciting time for this project.  Responding to people’s housing needs is at the heart of this project.  In an area where there is high demand for affordable homes, the development will provide quality homes for social rent to meet the varying housing needs of families, couples and single people.  Our plans will assist people who want to live in a new setting on Victoria Road while community facilities will breathe new life into Old Torry.”  
David Fryer, lead Trustee with Torry Development Trust said:

"The planning application for our project is a measure of the collaborative commitment to this innovative community regeneration project by the GHA/TDT partnership and has been developed to meet local needs.  We are ambitious for the project and for the community of Torry and we will use every endeavour to start work on site this coming summer."

A decision is expected early in the new year which could enable work to begin on the site in the summer of 2020.

For more information please contact:

Sandra MacIntyre, Grampian Housing Association

Tel: 01224 202916 (DD) / 078100 34851

Notes to Editors

Grampian Housing Association’s overall strategy is to develop sustainable communities, with a balance of tenure types including social housing, mid-market (affordable) and market rent as well as low cost home ownership (part buy, shared equity).  

With homes suitable for single people, couples, families, the elderly and people with special needs we aim to meet the housing needs of a wide range of client groups.

In recognition of the link between housing need and other forms of social exclusion we also provide money advice and debt counselling, housing support, routes into work and support the development of community facilities.


Services for the voluntary and public sectors include business development, environmental services, office accommodation and a health centre.

Development Trusts

Joint projects involving development trusts and housing associations are nothing new and this initiative follows on from the achievement of Helmsdale and District Development Trust in the North of Scotland, and Mull and Iona Development Trust on the islands.  Further details of these achievements, and the 250 Development Trusts across Scotland can be found on the DTAS website at   

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