Wetherspoon hotel plan generates local support

Saltoun Hotel.
Saltoun Hotel.

Wetherspoon’s town centre plan to convert the disused Saltoun Hotel back into a place for visitors and locals to stay has generated several responses from members of the public.

Writing to Aberdeenshire Council planners, these public representations have, thus far, been wholly supportive of the project, the former Saltoun Hotel building being referenced as an eye-sore in one letter.

The building had earlier seen planning approval granted from Banff and Buchan councillors to become a pub and restaurant, much like the Wetherspoon establishment in neighbouring Peterhead.

However, plans to convert the building back into a hotel were made in September of this year by JD Wetherspoon Ltd’s agent, K D Paine & Associated Ltd.

“Fraserburgh really needs this hotel, visitors that are coming to Fraserburgh have nowhere to stay and if Wetherspoons can do functions for weddings ect [sic], then it will give the people in Fraserburgh more choices for a wedding venue,” one letter of representation reads.

“It’s a great idea,” another says.

One resident says: “I whole heartily [sic] support this proposal to turn the saltoun hotel back to some form of former glory,” adding that it has been an “eye sore for too many years and very much spoilt the whole look of the town centre!”

A fourth representation adds; “Plans look great.

“Brilliant use of the space and such a worthwhile addition to the town. Really hope this proposal goes through and brings some life back into one of our beautiful granite buildings.”

Representations were being accepted on this planning proposal until Wednesday, October 23.

K D Paine & Associates Ltd have also submitted an application on behalf of JD Wetherspoon Ltd for listed building consent for the partial demolition, alterations and extension, internal alterations, and the formation of escape stairs at the former Saltoun Hotel.

Public representations on this planning proposal ends today, October 24.

For more information on these planning proposals, and to see a list of planning applications in Fraserburgh and district, visit the planning section of Aberdeenshire Council’s website at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.