Decision due on scheme to turn former Aberdeen toilets into coffee house

A former toilet block could be transformed into a cafe, if Aberdeen councillors give the go-ahead next week.

The Old Aberdeen public toilets on the High Street were purchased two years ago by developer Harry Miller, of Ferryhill, who wants to give them a new lease of life.

Mr Miller lodged an application with Aberdeen City Council in May to turn the granite-fronted building into a coffee shop.

He put forward a separate application last year for the site but this was narrowly thrown out by councillors.

Six letters of objection have been lodged against the development with concerns the proposals will adversely impact upon the setting of neighbourhood listed buildings such as the Old Aberdeen Town House.

But city council planners have said the proposed use of the building as a cafe would complement the existing uses of the surrounding area.

In their report they added: “The proposed works would represent a significant improvement on the existing derelict former public toilets building, thus rejuvenating the site whilst preserving the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of adjacent listed buildings.”

Councillors will vote on the application when the planning committee meets on Thursday.