Shop al­lowed to keep shut­ters af­ter ap­peal to Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By lee McCann

BOSSES at a city cen­tre store have won an ap­peal to keep shut­ters af­ter Aberdeen City Coun­cil de­manded they were re­moved. E-Cigs Scot­land on Union Street was told to re­move the shut­ters af­ter it emerged they were in­stalled with­out con­sent.

The store bosses ap­pealed to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment on three sep­a­rate grounds – in­clud­ing claim­ing the me­tal bar­rier was the only thing stop­ping peo­ple from us­ing the door­way as a toi­let. As the city cen­tre build­ing is cat­e­gory C-listed, plan­ning per­mis­sion is re­quired to make any changes to the ex­te­rior.

They had not done this be­fore the shut­ters were in­stalled.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment plan­ning ap­peals di­vi­sion has now quashed the en­force­ment no­tice and granted listed build­ing con­sent to the store. How­ever, Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­porter Jo-Anne Gar­rick dis­missed shop bosses’ claims health and safety would be af­fected if the shut­ters were re­moved.

She said: “The ap­pel­lant states there has been an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the area, the re­sult of which has po­ten­tial to im­pact on the health of those work­ing in the prop­erty. “While I em­pathise with the un­pleas­ant con­di­tions de­scribed by the ap­pel­lant, al­ter­na­tive mea­sures could have been put in place.

“I there­fore do not con­sider the works were ur­gently nec­es­sary in the in­ter­ests of safety.” The ap­peal was granted on the grounds that listed build­ing con­sent should be granted for the work.

Ms Gar­rick added: “It does not im­pinge on the spe­cial char­ac­ter of the build­ing and it has not re­sulted in a per­ma­nent al­ter­ation to its struc­ture.

“I do not agree with the coun­cil that the shut­ter di­min­ishes the char­ac­ter of the cat­e­gory C-listed build­ing.

“I there­fore al­low the ap­peal.”

bar­rier: The E-Cigs Scot­land store on Union Street.

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