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Council Launches Legal Probe Into Dundee Scheme

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Council chiefs have launched a legal probe into plans to convert a block of flats into student HMOs.

McLaren Property is looking to convert an existing block of 82 beds into accommodation for 191 students.

Dundee City Council has now issued a building warrant for more than £2.4 million of changes at the property, despite concerns over overcrowding in the area.

The permission covers standards for the design and construction of the buildings but does not take into account the development of the local area.

The Roseangle project is described as involving internal demolitions, construction of partition walls, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom upgrades and the provision of new services and fittings.

However, questions have been raised over whether the work, which includes the conversion of the site from domestic use into non-domestic use, can be carried out without full planning permission.

Reports suggest the previous owner of Peterson Hall had applied to change the site to HMO but the application was rejected.

An official at the local authority's planning department said: "I can confirm that there has been no planning application to date. However, the circumstances as to whether permission is required or not are not clear."

"We are aware of the situation and are currently working with our legal team to establish the position."