Staff quar­ters go-ahead

Plan­ning: Dee­side hote­lier gets green light to build ac­com­mo­da­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

A Dee­side hote­lier has been given ap­proval to build staff ac­com­mo­da­tion de­spite a num­ber of ob­jec­tions to the plans.

High­land Hos­pi­tal­ity, the own­ers of the Fife Arms in Brae­mar, had sought per­mis­sion to build a tim­ber­clad fa­cil­ity con­sist­ing of 15 bed­rooms for ho­tel work­ers.

How­ever, op­po­nents of the scheme raised con­cerns the 5,1880 sq ft, two­s­torey prop­erty would be too large for the site and over­shadow neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

The pro­pos­als went be­fore the Marr area com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, which had pre­vi­ously vis­ited the site, for fi­nal ap­proval.

Councillor Paul Gibb, Aboyne, Up­per Dee­side and Don­side ward, said he could not ig­nore the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity and urged the com­mit­tee to re­ject the plan.

He said: “There’s a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple within Brae­mar who are op­posed to this.

“The build­ing is too big and the site is too small, the ma­te­rial that’s be­ing used is also not in keep­ing with the sur­round­ing build­ings.”

His mo­tion to re­ject the plans was sup­ported by Councillor Anne Ross, Ban­chory and Mid-Dee­side ward.

Peter Ar­gyle, also from Aboyne, Up­per Dee­side and Don­side, said he had strug­gled for some time on what po­si­tion to take.

He added: “It was very much on bal­ance for me, but I have de­cided to come down in favour of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This will have a great ben­e­fit for the com­mu­nity, in that it will free up other hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion which is cur­rently rented out by the ho­tel

“It was very much on bal­ance for me, but I have de­cided to come down in favour”

for its staff. I think most peo­ple who drive through Brae­mar won’t even be able to see the build­ing.”

Af­ter a lengthy de­bate, the com­mit­tee voted five to four in favour of Mr Ar­gyle’s amend­ment to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ed­ward Work­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive of High­lands Hos­pi­tal­ity, re­vealed the firm was de­lighted with the de­ci­sion.

He said: “The pro­vi­sion of mod­ern, pur­pose-built and com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for our staff is in keep­ing with our am­bi­tion to make the Fife Arms the best ho­tel in Scot­land.

“The de­sign of the new hous­ing is sen­si­tive to the his­toric vil­lage set­ting and nat­u­ral beauty of the na­tional park.

“Brae­mar is a won­der­ful place to call home and we are ex­cited to share its de­lights with both our staff and guests.”

AP­PLI­CA­TION: The Fife Arms Ho­tel in Brae­mar has been given ap­proval to build staff ac­com­mo­da­tion

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