A NORTH-east village is expected to lose its only pub in the next few weeks.
A change of use application has been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council for permission to turn the B-listed Learney Arms in Torphins into a family home.
The hotel, pub and restaurant has been on the market for two-and-a-half years. However, its owners Murray and Sandra Johnston have been unable to sell it as a business.
It is expected to stop trading on August 20.
Will Maclean, of Torphins Community Council, has lodged an objection to the plans on behalf of the group.
The Learney will come into the ownership of Aberdeen man Alex Shepherd at the end of this month after he bought it through selling agents Christie and Co. He said: “I am acquiring the building towards the end of August. I will not be acquiring a trading hotel but one that has already been closed down.”
He added that he hoped to convert the building in “a sympathetic way”.