A village hall in Strichen will be turned into a multiuse complex with a cafe and retail shops after councillors agreed on the proposal today.
The Templar Hall now hold an antique collectables shop and a cafe which will play acoustic music - it will also employ five to six full time staff in the village as well as opening three part-time positions.
Mr Smith, who applied for the change, addressed the Buchan Area Committee today before the agreed to his proposal.
He said: “We’re looking at a mixed retail venue, cafe and a barber.
“Opening hours will be nine to five originally but we would like to open later if there is the demand.”
Some of the complaints lodged against the new use for Templar Hall included worries of noise pollution as the cafe will hold acoustic sessions.
But Mr Smith quelled concerns of councillors who spoke of the complaints by stating it would be very low key acoustic sets which diners could enjoy a meal too and at present would be finished by 5 pm.
Mr Smith said he believed the venture could be up and running by December.