Revival plans for Kintore pub

The Kintore Arms Inn, Kintore which is being urged to re-open
The Kintore Arms Inn, Kintore which is being urged to re-open

Kintore’s last remaining pub may be set for a new lease of life.

Councillors recently rejected plans to turn the Kintore Arms Inn - which was closed last year - into a take-away.

A total of 85 objections were lodged, mostly from local residents concerned that the community would be left without a pub.

Garioch Area Committee refused the application and Councllor Martin Ford later urged the owners, Cater Corporation Ltd, to look again at the viability of the busdiness.

Now revised plans have been tabled which would transform the ground floor into a restaurant and allow the bar to remain open.

Architect Neil Rothnie, whose firm is representing Cater Corporation, confirmed that fresh plans for the pub had been lodged.

In a supporting statement, he says that he hopes the revised proposals would deal with local residents’ concerns about the “potential loss of the pub”.

The B-listed Kintore Arms Inn is a prominent landmark in the Square.

The front part of the building was sold last summer and the premises have remained shut since the property changed hands.

Local residents have been left without a a pub or hotel.

In recent years, there were two and 20 years ago there were three in the town, which has a population of four and a half thousand.