JD Wetherspoon have unveiled ambitious plans to transform the vacant Saltoun Hotel in Fraserburgh into a pub/restaurant with bedrooms.
The plans, which have been submitted by K. D. Paine and Associated Ltd seeks permission to partially change the use of the former hotel to a public house serving food and drink.
This would change the classification of the building as a hotel, class seven, to general use.
In turn, this development would see the second and third floors of the Saltoun Hotel, which had previously been granted planning permission by Banff and Buchan Area Committee councillors, converted into 10 separate bedrooms for guests.
Speaking to the Herald regarding the latest planning application for the site, Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait, who has previously spoken of the importance of keeping businesses and amenities in the town centre, said: “It is to the benfit of any town centre to have good quality hotel accommodation there.
“That, in general, brings visitors right into the town centre and effectively they spend much of their time there and hopefully use our local shops and businesses.
“The actual planning application will have to be decided at the planning committee in relation to council policies.
“If it complies, then there should be no problems,” he added.
JD Wetherspoon Ltd’s agent for the planning application has also submitted plans which could see a partial demolition, alterations, both internal and external, and an extension to the former Saltoun Hotel.
The plan would also see the formation of escape stairs from the upper floors of the building. These alterations include new toilet, bar and kitchen facilities being built on the ground floor.
In their design statement accompanying the application, the agents say: “The scale of the current building and ancillary spaces will be unchanged. All proposed extensions are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, and to respect the scale of the existing building.”