City cen­tre ho­tel plans ap­proved

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY LEE MC­CANN

PLANS for a ho­tel near an Aberdeen shop­ping cen­tre have been ap­proved, the Evening Ex­press can re­veal to­day.

Drum Prop­erty Group had ap­plied for per­mis­sion from Aberdeen City Coun­cil to build the 210-bed­room ho­tel at Poyn­er­nook Road near Union Square. The com­pany first sub­mit­ted plans for the site in 2015. The new ho­tel will form part of Drum Prop­erty Group’s the Grande de­vel­op­ment, which saw the com­ple­tion of An­nan House of­fice com­plex, pic­tured, for oil gi­ant En­quest in July 2015. Drum had said the Grande, sit­u­ated be­tween Palmer­ston Road, Raik Road, Poyn­er­nook Road and Stell Road, should help re­gen­er­ate a long-ne­glected area in the heart of the city. In a de­ci­sion no­tice, coun­cil plan­ners said the new ho­tel would help meet the aims of the City Cen­tre Masterplan. Plan­ning doc­u­ments for the de­vel­op­ment said a Hamp­ton Inn would be built on the site. Daniel Lewis, de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment man­ager at Aberdeen City Coun­cil, said: “In this in­stance it is con­sid­ered that the pro­vi­sion of a ho­tel within this lo­ca­tion would fur­ther sup­port the plan­ning aim of turn­ing the sur­round­ing area into a high-qual­ity busi­ness quar­ter. “In ad­di­tion, the scheme is also lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion links. “The de­vel­op­ment would help con­trib­ute to aims of the Aberdeen City Cen­tre Masterplan, with the pro­vi­sion of new ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion ap­pro­pri­ately placed to key ameni­ties and the city cen­tre. “The pro­posal has been de­signed with due con­sid­er­a­tion for its con­text and, sub­ject to con­di­tions, would not have an un­ac­cept­able im­pact on the sur­round­ing amenity.” Drum Prop­erty Group did not re­spond to the Evening Ex­press’ re­quest for com­ment.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the new Drum Prop­erty Group’s Hamp­ton Inn, near Union Square, could look

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