Tarves Kirk Hall extension plans approved

Councillors have approved plans to extend a popular north east hall.

By Kirstie Topp, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:00 am
Tarves Kirk Hall
Tarves Kirk Hall

Tarves Kirk Session had applied for planning permission to extend the village’s Youth Hall on Kirk Brae.

A new vestibule entrance will be constructed along with a replacement outbuilding which will be used for storage.

The new entrance will provide much needed space for hall users with prams and buggies.

Tarves Youth Hall, at the foot of Kirk Brae, is used by numerous groups from Toddlers and Playgroup to Young Farmers and Indoor Bowlers.

The hall was built in 1958, converted from old steadings, with volunteers and local tradespeople combining to create a space for youth organisations to meet.

Sixty years on, the village has grown hugely and the hall is used by people of all ages.

Tarves Community Council objected to the proposal on the grounds that smooth render was ‘alien’ to the Tarves Conservation Area and ‘bright white’ smooth render would be ‘completely inappropriate’.

Its final reason for objection was that the proposed outbuilding did not have any natural light source, and this merited further consideration in terms of energy use. However it was removed after the application was amended.

Aberdeenshire Council officers had recommended the application be approved stating that it would “improve the functionality and accessibility” of the hall and added that the design would conserve the “intrinsic character” of the Tarves Conservation Area.

At the committee meeting councillor Jim Gifford moved a motion to approve the application as outlined by officers and he was supported by Councillor Andrew Hassan.

However Councillor Paul Johnson moved an amendment to approve a delegated grant along with an additional condition that the extension be given a dry dash finish to substitute for the proposed smooth render.

Cllr Johnston explained that it takes “a lot of work” to defend a conservation area and added that he hoped the council could remain “consistent” with materials used in the area.

The matter went to a vote and the motion to approve the application was carried by seven votes to five for the amendment.