The planning application lodged by J D Wetherspoon reveals the discount pub chain’s intentions for the former Saltoun Arms Hotel, Bbar and function suite.
Two separate applications are now available to view at Aberdeenshire Council planning department on Mid Street and online.
They reveal that the pub chain is applying to change the use class from hotel to general use (a public house serving food and drink) in addition to undertaking internal and external alterations which includes demolishing and rebuilding the rear extension and creating an external drinking area.
Having closed in 2006, the Saltoun Hotel has lain vacant for the last five years, being branded an eyesore by local councillors and the public alike. The design and access statement submitted by J D Wetherspoons explains that: “J D Wetherspoon plan to completely upgrade, refurbish and extend the existing building to form a traditional public house with all day restaurant/dining facilities.
“Bringing it back into use once again, which will then lead to generating much needed jobs into the area.”
The proposals go on to explain how Wetherspoon intend to provide a ‘wow’ factor, preserving the history of the building, show-casing local artwork and sculptures while incorporating the latest technology on site.
They state: “Comfortable, efficient and ergonomic dining facilities will be provided and complimented by customer area ‘wow’ factor, such as feature fireplaces to give a sense of warmth and comfort, bespoke designed sculptures to reflect the essence and character of the overall aesthetics.
“Our clients are keen to advertise the history of the building by displaying local history artwork around the premises. Internal areas are also decorated with commissioned artwork and sculptures created by locally sourced artists.
The bar “will be designed to compliment the building style and features, so it looks as though it has always been part of the building. Through the use of sympathetic design and the latest technology our clients strive to provide the customer with a satisfying and memorable visit”.
Speaking to the Herald, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon has applied for planning permission to convert The Saltoun Arms Hotel into a pub. “The application was submitted on July 1 and we look forward to it being considered in due course.”