More than 70 letters have been sent to the Scottish Government to be considered in an Aberdeen student pub appeal.
Aberdeen University student Juliusz Matraszek hoped to turn an 18th Century house in Old Aberdeen’s High Street into a drinking spot for students, but it was rejected by Aberdeen City Council.
In July, he submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government.
The B-listed building, in the grounds of Aberdeen University, was previously leased out as rooms for students, but has lain vacant for the past decade.
Concerns previously raised about the plan included that noise from the pub would disturb an adjoining chaplaincy building.
The opportunity for interested parties to submit representations officially closed on August 21, with the Government receiving 76. Included in the letters are those from members of the community, staff at the university and Bidwells LLP on behalf of Stonegate Pub Company, owners of The Bobbin pub on King Street.
In his appeal, Mr Matraszek said: “The university campus lacks a truly student-orientated public house and it is contended that there is a very clear need for one.
“The university presently lacks a student union and students contend that a strong sense of community is lacking on campus.
“If not remedied, this could have damaging effects on student satisfaction, the university’s reputation and potentially impact on the vibrancy of the High Street.
“The proposal would bring the building back into use for the benefit of the university, the student population and the wider Old Aberdeen area.”
Correspondence from the firm behind The Bobbin said: “Contrary to the appellant’s supporting justification, The Bobbin public house is known to be popular with students and has been serving this particular community in this location for many years.
“Our client’s concerns relate to the potential impacts of noise on the immediate surrounding area of the appeal site, given the proximity of residential properties, particularly the adjoining chaplaincy.
“The amenity of these sensitive uses is under threat from this proposed public house. We respectfully request that the appeal be dismissed.”
Ronald Leith, chairman of The Old Aberdeen Heritage Society, said: “The society wishes to re-iterate in the strongest possible terms our objection to the above proposal.
“The appellant has not shown evidence, in any case, that a particular kind of pub ‘is an important aspect of student welfare’.
“This would suggest his fellow students in general take the same view. This is not the case, evidenced by the considerable number of students who wrote to oppose the plan.”