Councillors serve up takeaway refusal

Former Co-Op store, Smiddyhill Road.
Former Co-Op store, Smiddyhill Road.

Banff and Buchan Councillors have blocked plans for a takeaway in a residential street in Fraserburgh.

The Co-operative Group had submitted for planning permission for the takeaway within one half of its former foodstore on the town’s Smiddyhill Road.

The remaining half of the former shop would have retained its current Class 1 use and would be re-opened as a new pharmacy according to a supporting statement provided by the applicant.

A total of ten objections were received on a range of issues including environmental nuisance, such as noise, odours, littering, and blockage of the road.

Objections were also made regarding the opening hours which could cause disturbance in a currently quiet residential area and the fact that there was no perceived need for another food establishment as a restaurant is adjacent to the site and there are many hot food takeaways in Fraserburgh.

Agreeing with the objections, councillors opposed the planners’ recommendation for approval of the takeaway.

Local councillor Charles Buchan commented: “I feel that this development, at least the fast food side of it, would be very detrimental to the area.”

Councillors Michael Watt and Brian Topping shared his opinion, with the latter stating: “It would have a detrimental effect.”

Councillor Buchan continued: “We’ve got so many fast food outlets, I don’t see the point in making a mess of this area by putting another one in.”

Councillor Ian Gray, however, moved to approve the change of use.

In the vote, Councillor Buchan was successful in his motion by eight votes to two.

The takeaway business will operate from 12noon to midnight Monday to Saturday, and from 12noon till 11pm on Sundays.