North-east hotel’s expansion plans could be given go-ahead next week

The Boat Inn's owners want to turn an adjoining house into new rooms

A North-east hotel’s plans to expand could be given the go-ahead next week.

The Boat Inn in Aboyne plans to turn the adjoining Boat House into eight new rooms.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Marr area committee will make a decision on the expansion on Tuesday.

In a report to councillors, Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The Boat House is located directly behind the Boat Inn which fronts on to Charlestown Road, with the River Dee to the south-east.

“The proposal seeks to change the use of this property to form eight additional hotel rooms associated with the Boat Inn, therefore seeking a change from Class 9 to Class 7.

“Alterations to the building are also sought including the erection of two peaked roof gable extensions to the front (south -east) side finished in stained timber boarding and roof tiles to match existing.

“The proposed new extensions would not increase the footprint of the property.

“A new entrance door is proposed on this side of timber finish and new timber windows stained dark grey with tinted black glazing are proposed.”

More than 20 objections were lodged with the local authority about the development. This included concerns regarding increased traffic and noise.

Mr Archer has recommended the plans for approval.

He said: “The proposed develop-ment is appropriately sited for tourist accommodation and would provide economic and social benefits.

“The proposal is appropriately designed and scaled and would have no negative effect on the character and setting of the Aboyne Conservation Area.”

The area committee meeting takes place at 10am at the Alford public hall.