Plans to turn part of the old Inverurie Loco Works site into overnight accommodation, suitable for offshore, workers were partially rejected by members of the Garioch Area Committee at their meeting on Tuesday (February 3).
The plans submitted by Malcolm Allan Housebuilders and the Garioch Heritage Society, were divided into two hostel blocks, one of which was within the new Garioch Heritage Centre and was rejected by the committee.
The two applications had generated 43 letters of representation all of which were objections, and the applications were subject to a site visit by members of the Garioch Area Committee prior to their meeting.
Members of the public had expressed concerns regarding parking in the area, impact on traffic, noise impact and fears of anti-social behaviour.
Committee members approved one application at the former Loco Works canteen building for a 20 bed hostel complete with showers and kitchen area. They agreed with recommendations made by council planners to reject the second application within the new Garioch Heritage Centre for an additional 37 beds.
Council planners had acknowledged that the application represented “a type of development and accommodation which is arguably in demand within Aberdeenshire”, but noted the “cumulative impact that would result from the two developments”.
Members unanimously agreed to accept the recommendations of the planners to grant approval for the former canteen building, but reject the application for the Heritage Centre.