Popular bakery to become takeaway restaurant?

Gibbs, Fraserburgh.
Gibbs, Fraserburgh.

It was revealed last week that popular Broad Street bakery and coffee shop, Gibbs, has submitted a planning application to change the use of the building to a restaurant with takeaway.

The application, which was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council planners earlier this year, also seeks permission for the installation of a ventilation extractor and flue.

Presently, the small bakery serves doubly as a coffee shop, and has done so for several years.

Plans submitted to Aberdeenshire Council, however, seek a change to the upper section of the Broad Street building, the area currently used for seating and opposite the bakery’s kitchen.

In the plans, it is detailed that the kitchen would redeveloped to include a stainless steel canopy and that a non-loadbearing partition would be repositioned.

The architect for the proposal, Mr Lachlan MacDonald, revealed that the existing bakery and cafeteria area, at the fore of the building, would not be changed.

The application was simply to revamp the kitchen area and rear of the building, he said.

Members of the public have until March 12 to comment on the proposals via Aberdeenshire Council’s website. The application will later be discussed by Banff and Buchan councillors.