Dilapidated old supermarket building in North-east could be resurrected as plans submitted for church

THE ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH IN FRASERBURGH(BUCHAN/BROWN)

A former Co-op could be turned into a church.

The site on Albert Street, Fraserburgh, where the Co-op supermarket used to be is to be turned into a place of worship if a planning application is approved.

An application has been lodged for the site by Assembly of God, which currently operates out of Queens Road in Fraserburgh.

Having lain empty for a number of years, the building has been criticised for being an eyesore due to showing signs of becoming dilapidated.

The Assembly of God originally submitted a planning application for the change of use of the disused supermarket building in December 2015, which was then accepted in February last year.

The original plans were met with strong support – with comments from neighbours praising the plans as a good opportunity to help with the improvement and regeneration of the Albert Street area.

New planning permission has now been lodged with more details of rooms and layout – however they are still in the early stages of planning.

If accepted, they propose the formation of a new entrance to the property, the exterior will be re-cladded and internal alterations will be made.

The exterior of the building is to be revamped, retaining the existing metal cladding however new windows and doors will be installed.

As well as a main auditorium where services will take place, the plans also include several multi-use rooms, a prayer and counselling room, a discovery walkway and a kitchen area.

A small cafe space will be in the welcome lobby, along with seating areas, a family lounge and a children’s play area.

There will also be several toilet facilities, storerooms and offices.

Fraserburgh is one of four regeneration priority towns in Aberdeenshire, including Peterhead, Macduff and Banff.

Aberdeenshire Council was successful in securing funding for the Fraserburgh 2021 project, which will see £5.7 million invested in the town, to support the regeneration of its built heritage.

The proposal is now up for public consultation and can be accessed online.

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