Plans to turn an 18th Century house into a pub have been rejected by councillors, despite being recommended for approval.
Juliusz Matraszek, who studies at Aberdeen University, had submitted proposals to open up a bar at 15 High Street, Old Aberdeen.
Members of the city council’s planning development management committee voted to call time on the application yesterday, turning it down, despite advice from council officers to approve it.
The B-listed building, which is situated within the grounds of the Aberdeen University, was previously used to lease out as rooms for students, but has lain vacant for the past decade.
A total of 630 representations were made about the controversial plans – with 396 in support and 234 against.
Objectors said the noise from the pub would disturb an adjoining chaplaincy building and adversely affect the “peaceful and leafy character” of the area.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Martin Greig was one of the committee who voted unanimously on the plans.
He said: “This area has a special character that would be seriously harmed by the presence of a pub.
“The application had to be rejected out of respect to the community.
“There are many residents nearby whose quality of life would be drastically reduced by such a change of use.”
Planners had urged councillors to approve the application conditionally, on the basis a garden space to the rear of the building is not used by customers.
Demi Morgan, planning officer at Old Aberdeen Community Council, said: “We are very pleased with the decision by the committee.
“There is an obvious need for extra social places for students but this was not the right option.
“We hope the university will sit down on how to best serve the student and community’s interests.”