Green light for Cala Homes’ Aberdeen city centre development

CALA Homes has received planning approval from Aberdeen City Council for a development of apartments at 22 King’s Gate in the city centre.

The proposal was submitted in partnership with VSA and will transform the site of the charity’s former Forest Grove care home.

The development will comprise 35 apartments in a three-storey block, with a partial fourth storey penthouse level, and will include parking at the rear of the building.

Ross Maclennan, land director at CALA Homes (North), said, “This development will replace a redundant building with high quality, contemporary apartments built to CALA’s exacting standards. The project will also enable our long-time partners at VSA to further invest in providing vital services to the children and adults it supports in Aberdeen and we are very proud to be part of that.”

A spokesperson for VSA added, “We are delighted with the decision by the planning committee approving the joint planning application for our Forest Gove site on Kings Gate. Both VSA and CALA have spent a great deal of time listening and responding to the feedback from residents and the planning officers to make sure the new proposal fits in with the local development plan.

“The sale of this site to CALA will go towards providing much-needed help to vulnerable adults in Aberdeen and our Changing Lives campaign to support adults living with a range of mental health conditions across Aberdeen.

“For 150 years, VSA has been at the heart of the Aberdeen community providing support to vulnerable children and adults. As times have changed, so has the way we have delivered our services but always with one ambition: to give the people of Aberdeen the best of care to enable them to live the best of lives, and the funding from this sale will go directly towards helping us change lives.”