PLANNING permission to turn an iconic listed building Alloa into sheltered housing has lapsed, according to council officials.

Kapital Residential Ltd, who purchased the B-listed Greenfield House from Clackmannanshire Council, have been asked to explain their situation to the local authority.

Permission to develop the now derelict building into six flats and 42 homes for older people was given more than three years ago.

Concerns have previously been raised over security and the deterioration of the building by councillors, community groups, interested locals and other political representatives, as reported in the Advertiser over the past year.

Fears for the building could now grow as it is understood that, despite promises last year, no works had taken place over the past more than 36 months.

Consent for the development was granted by the local authority on August 25 in 2016.

A spokeswoman for the council said: "Planning permission expired on August 26, 2019 unless the development that was approved commenced before the expiry of this date.

"It is the view of the planning service that planning permission has lapsed; however, the council has written to the owner of Greenfield House seeking confirmation of what, if any works, commenced prior to the expiry of planning permission."

Visiting the site last week, the Advertiser found no sign of works at the now Heras-fenced property.

Interestingly, a 22-page construction management plan, a draft dated July 2019 by owners Kapital Residential Ltd, was published on the council's planning portal dated September 6, but has now disappeared.

It detailed a phased development spanning 80 weeks with working hours and site traffic arrangements included.

It is not known if this document was received by the local authority by the time the three years had lapsed. Nevertheless, it did not include a start date for the works.

Meanwhile, the building remains listed and though concerns had been raised over its deterioration, it is understood not to be in a bad enough state to warrant action by the council.

If the local authority served notice regardless the taxpayer could be picking the bill up after an unsuccessful legal challenge.

The council spokeswoman added: "The listed building consent for Greenfield House has no expiry date and therefore remains effective.

"The council, in respect of regulatory powers relating to Planning and Building Standards legislation, continues to monitor the condition of Greenfield House in order to determine whether the serving of statutory notices is required to maintain or repair the building."