Hotel project sees planning renewed

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping next to the site of a proposed hotel development in Fraserburgh, which recently secured renewed planning permission.
Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping next to the site of a proposed hotel development in Fraserburgh, which recently secured renewed planning permission.

Councillors have given approval to renew planning permission for a hotel development in Fraserburgh.

Renewed permission for a hotel, garden centre and carpark at land opposite Kirkton Cemetery, Fraserburgh, was nodded through the Infrastructure Services Committee last Thursday without a vote. Outline planning permission for the project was sought by applicants Esk Properties Ltd.

The developers of the scheme can now submit a detailed plan, including how many bedrooms the hotel might have, for consideration by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee.

Commenting, Councillor Brian Topping said: “I’m delighted with the news from the committee.

“The initial recommendation was to refuse it. However, as a councillor who has continually called for businesses and industry to come into the town, I am delighted with the news.

“This will bring many benefits to the town, including jobs and bed spaces. Hopefully this will encourage more businesses to come to Fraserburgh.”

Councillor Charles Buchan added: “I’m delighted the development is still open and I hope that building will start in the near future.

“A study has shown there will be little adverse affect on businesses already in the town centre and when the hotel is built it will supply much needed beds for the future harbour O&M business, for offshore wind workers as well as tourism.”