Work begins on new housing in Falkirk

The site of the former Stenhousemuir police station has been cleared in preparation for housebuilding''Picture: Michael Gillen
The site of the former Stenhousemuir police station has been cleared in preparation for housebuilding''Picture: Michael Gillen

Work to provide new homes in Stenhousemuir is underway after a landmark building was demolished.

The Victorian police station and registry office was razed to the ground last week in preparation for construction of the 18 flats.

Initially, it had been hoped to retain the facade of the original building for the new builds but this proved impractical because of the structure’s poor condition.

Community concerns that Falkirk Council had gone back on original plans were rejected by the local authority who said there had been consultation.

Comments on Larbert Stenhousemuir and Torwood community council’s Facebook page suggested that people thought part of the building was being retained.

However, a council spokesperson said the initial plans were changed but only after full community consultation.

They said: “We held two events in January and June 2015 and the community council was invited to both. The latter highlighted the proposed demolition of the facade which was in poor condition and the rebuild in new stone.

“The consultation in June 2015 also included display boards with the new drawings and council officers attended to explained the revised proposals. Following supportive feedback at the consultation, liaison took place with the planning authority to obtain planning approval for the change.”

There will be nine one bed and nine two bed flats in the new three storey building, and with a lift installed it will make the properties suitable for wheelchair users.

Stone from the original building will be reused to build a new boundary wall along Main Street.