A community council has objected to a north-east pub’s plan to create a beer garden.
The Gordon Highlander in Inverurie has applied to Aberdeenshire Council for a change of use at its site.
It would mean the current refuse area at the West High Street pub would be altered to build the beer garden for revellers.
The establishment is owned by JD Wetherspoon, and Manchester firm Just H Architects lodged the proposals on behalf of the pub chain.
Inverurie Community Council has submitted an objection to the development, citing noise and smoke as two of the reasons.
A spokesman for the group said: “Inverurie Community Council wish to object to the planning application for a beer garden at the Gordon Highlander.
“We object on the basis of the close proximity to residential properties and the noise issues that would result.
“The small, fully enclosed nature of the space means that it would likely be used primarily by smokers and the smoke would be directed back into the building.
“Having witnessed the current refuse arrangements we are also concerned that the fire exit routes would remain blocked.”
Members of the public had their say on the application with two objections submitted to the local authority.
It included residents who live on West High Street, saying their privacy would be compromised.
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David Phillips said in his letter: “Wetherspoon wishes to turn the bottle storeroom into its beer garden by taking the roof off (an) existing building because they think they will get lots of sunshine in the area.
“This would be situated very close to our property’s bedroom at the back of the building, which I feel would really affect our privacy.”
A JD Wetherspoon spokesman said: “Local residents are absolutely entitled to voice their opinions.
“We are keen to add a beer garden to the pub.
“It will be for the planning committee to take into account both opinions and for them to make their decision accordingly.”