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Historic Dundee Mill Could Be Replaced by Student Accommodation

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A historic jute mill in Dundee, thought to be one of the world's oldest, could be demolished to make way for student accommodation.

Queen Victoria Works, built in 1828, has been derelict since it was shut down in the 1980s.

Plans have now been put forward to develop the site into student housing for up to 250 students.

The application is to be put up for public consultation with an open exhibition planned for July.

Situated in Brook Street, the mill is Category B-listed by Historic Scotland but could be demolished if plans are approved by the council.

Designs have been put forward by architects, James Paul Associates on behalf of Scot Properties Ltd.

Commenting on the application, Angus Paul from James Paul Associates said: "At this stage we're still putting together the final plans so it's still early days. Our proposal is to demolish some if not all of the buildings at the site.

"We're still at pre-planning stage but we envisage up to 250 rooms being created for students in a three-storey building."

Under the plans the student rooms will consist of self-contained studios, equipped with a small kitchen, shower and bedroom area.

Concerns had been raised over the safety of the site, due to the mill's current state of repair, which will likely mean it cannot be preserved.

Ahead of the formal application being submitted, the developers have asked for the public to give their views on the plans, which will take place at the proposed consultation next month.