Committee approve planning applications

Davron Hotel, Rosehearty.
Davron Hotel, Rosehearty.

Banff and Buchan councillors last week discussed eight planning applications across the area with a view of either approving or refusing their builds.

Councillors from Fraserburgh and district joined up with their fellow elected members from Banff and Troup to discuss the proposed builds at the January meeting of the Banff and BUchan Area Committee.

Previously, the area committee had deferred a decision on allowing the installation of five uPVC windows at The Old Hall, Sandend, to visit the site, the plastic windows not in keeping with the regeneration characteristics of the area.

However, having visited the site, councillors chose to approve the application which will allow the wooden windows to be replaced with uPVC alternatives.

A lengthy application which saw three objectors speak out on the building of two 99.5 metre tall wind turbines at King Edward, Banff, was met with applause from one member of the audience after councillors moved to refuse planning permission. Councillor Ian Gray of Banff had moved for a site visit, and was seconded by Councillor Michael Watt, but were defeated seven votes to three.

Elsewhere, councillors approved the erection of a community pavillion at McRobert Park, Aberchirder, the erection of three flats at Carmelite Street, Banff, the erection of an industrial building at Tarlair Business Park, Macduff, and the change of use of a dwellinghouse at Gardenstown, to a tea room (ground floor) and holiday let (first and second floors).

There was also a planning application from the Davron Hotel, Rosehearty, seeking to use their private garden ground as a beer garden. With Councillor Charles Buchan receiving no seconder to refuse the bid, and Councillor Ian Tait receiving no seconder to visit the site, councillors instead moved to approve the request and allow the hotel to use the ground as a beer garden.

More information on any of these planning applications is available via Aberdeenshire Council’s website. You can visit the planning section of the council’s website at