Concerns raised over plans for the Station Hotel

Planning objections: members of the public have voiced their concerns over the planning application which could see the ground floor of the former Station Hotel converted to provide a further 18 letting units. picture: Alison Kennedy
Planning objections: members of the public have voiced their concerns over the planning application which could see the ground floor of the former Station Hotel converted to provide a further 18 letting units. picture: Alison Kennedy

Concerned Brochers are voicing their objections to convert the ground floor of the Station Hotel into a house of multiple occupation.

The change of use application lodged with Aberdeenshire Council on August 22 reveals the proposals which, if granted will create a further 18 letting units on the ground floor within the once popular venue.

Washing drying out of one of the upper floor windows of the Station Hotel last week. picture: Alison Kennedy

Washing drying out of one of the upper floor windows of the Station Hotel last week. picture: Alison Kennedy

Objections submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by members of the public raise concerns about the “continual police presence and incidents of public disorder” and that children and patrons to the towns Dalrymple Hall have witnessed “incidents of indecent exposure and verbal abuse from drunks.”

There have also been concerns raised about the condition of the building, with members of the public stating that “the general state of the building will continue to deteriorate”, with claims that the building is “already being less than well maintained.” One objection stated: “We have a lovely town, that seems to be taking a step in the right direction with the college, the new pool and Weatherspoons, to convert the Station in this way could be a step backwards.”

Speaking to the Herald, a member of FJAS, Colin Clark said he strongly oppossed the application and would prefer the building to be left vacant than used as it is at present, he said: “We have a lot of young children who attend workshops and performances at the Dalrymple Hall and at times they are terrified to cross to the same side of the road as the Station because many have experienced abuse and had items thrown at them from people living there.

“I would rather have it empty than run as it is now.”

Requests have been made that if the application must be granted conditions attached should include “restrictions on using the first floor roof for sunbathing ‘parties’ and general access to the first floor rooms” and “obligations on the owner to renovate and maintain the building.”

The Station Hotel was first granted its HMO licence in September 2008 and has been used as a House of Multiple Occupation for a number of years, providing temporary accommodation for applicants on Aberdeenshire Council housing waiting list. At present the first and second floors of the building offer 19 letting units.

To date there are 34 letters of representation published online at Aberdeenshire Council’s website and a further 21 letters of representation have been rejected by the council as the language used was considered to be defamatory. Members of the public have until September 21 to submit their comments to Aberdeenshire Council on the planning application, which will come before a future Banff and Buchan Area Committee.

When the Station Hotel was contacted by the Fraserburgh Herald no-one was available to comment on the application.