PLANS to create hotel accommodation within a residential development have been backed by planners.
Officers have recommended approving plans, lodged in April, to change the use of office space at the old Loco Works in Inverurie into 20 bedrooms and additional living space.
A previous application for 37 units was turned down by Garioch councillors.
It is proposed that oil employees on training courses, AWPR workers or tourists could live there.
The old carriage workshop at the site was turned into flats and townhouses after being derelict for decades.
Museum space was also created for the Garioch Heritage Society as part of the development – but it has not been utilised.
The accommodation for 20 people would be within the office area which is attached to the townhouses.
A report by director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer said: “Information submitted outlines that the intended end use of the building is for short term overnight accommodation aimed at workers.”
The proposal also includes the creation of a shared kitchen/dining and lounge area on the ground floor, as well as a reception area.
Objections raised include the impact on parking within the wider Loco Works site, possible antisocial behaviour, the loss of privacy and the impact on road and traffic safety on the junction onto Harlaw Road.
The report recommends the plans for approval, stating that the proposal offers a type of accommodation which is “arguably in demand within Aberdeenshire”.
It adds that planners had concerns at the time of the last application relating to the potential loss of residential amenity but that these had now been addressed by a “significant reduction” in the number of rooms proposed, from 37 to 20 bedrooms.
The plans will go before members of the Garioch area committee on Tuesday.