Plans to convert a guest house into a residence for hotel staff have been given the green light.
Proposals had been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for the change of use of a three-storey cottage premises at Mayfield, 11 Chapel Brae, Braemar.
And now the local authority has given its approval for the development.
Documents submitted along with the initial application stated: “This proposal is for the renovation of an existing guest house and change of use to house of multiple occupancy (HMO) to accommodate staff of the Fife Arms Hotel.”
A similar application was previously granted in March this year but the latest submission was an amendment to include provision for 10 occupants as well as a garage.
The plans state: “The building’s most recent use was a guest house, accommodating tourists to the area. In this light the building is extremely well-equipped to facilitate a change of use to HMO staff accommodation.”
The local authority’s decision notice described the plans as an “appropriate infill development within the Braemar Settlement” and compliant with policy.
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Planning permission was granted on a number of conditions, including that off-street parking for five cars is provided before the building is occupied, “in the interests of road safety”.
It is another condition that no work should start unless a photographic survey of the structures has been carried out.
Documents state this is “to ensure that a historic record of the building is made for inclusion in the National Monuments Record for Scotland and in the local Sites and Monuments Record”.