Plans to turn former Aberdeen pub into supermarket rejected

The Aberdeen pub in 2006 before it closed.

Councillors have rejected plans to turn a former city pub into a supermarket.

Members of Aberdeen City Council’s planning development management committee voted unanimously to refuse the application for the Ferryhill Tavern.

Developers West Coast Estates submitted plans to turn the site into a Co-op, bringing 14 new jobs.

Inside the tavern now.
Inside the tavern now.

A total of 174 letters of objection were received by the council, with only four in support of the proposals.

Officers at the council advised the plans be turned down, citing insufficient parking for the shop and adverse effects for nearby residents and smaller buildings.

They warned the proposals would result in “severe congestion” on South College Street.

Iftikar Mian, director of West Coast Estates, said the proposals would have seen investment in Aberdeen.

He added: “We are disappointed that councillors chose to refuse the application which would have not only seen new jobs and investment in Aberdeen but brought a prominent disused building back into economic and active use.

“We will now review the decision taken.”

Behind the bar
Behind the bar

The plan to transform the pub was a £1.5 million investment and would have brought 14 new jobs when the store opened as well as supporting 10 jobs during the construction period.

A report considered by members of the planning development management committee yesterday said the proposed development would have a “detrimental impact” on road and pedestrian safety.

It said: “Due to the combination of insufficient parking, the inherent issues of using Bank Street for deliveries due to its residential nature, and steep and narrow layout, and the nature of South College Street as an important and busy thoroughfare between the city centre and the south of Aberdeen, the proposal could result in severe congestion and would have a detrimental impact on road and pedestrian safety.”

Members of the committee unanimously refused the application on that basis.

A community campaign was launched against the plans.

The group gained more than 300 signatures from people vowing to only use independent local shops if the move had went ahead.