Aberdeen cafe owner fears ‘confusion’ after objections to retrospective planning application

An Aberdeen cafe owner has said “confused” residents are behind a string of objections to an extension – that was completed four years ago.

Owners of The Corner Tree Cafe on Desswood Place have submitted a retrospective application for permission to extend its floor space.

Eight letters of objection have been received by Aberdeen City Council, meaning it must now be debated at next week’s planning committee.

The letters raise fears of an increase in noise levels, a loss of privacy, more traffic and odour, among other matters.

But cafe owner Martin McAuley said: “We bought the place a year ago and the extension had already been in place for a number of years.

“It is in a residential area so I think there has maybe been some confusion in some quarters with people thinking we are extending it further.

“We have a great relationship with most of our neighbours and are happy to explain the plans if anyone is a bit confused.”

Council officers have recommended councillors approve the plans with conditions attached to its operating hours.