Historic Aberdeen home could become student pub after planners give backing

Juliusz Matraszek wants to turn 15 High Street into a pub for students.
Juliusz Matraszek wants to turn 15 High Street into a pub for students.

An application to turn an 18th century house in Aberdeen into a pub has been recommended for approval.

Entrepreneur Juliusz Matraszek, who studies management at the University of Aberdeen, hopes to open up a student pub at 15 High Street, Old Aberdeen.

The B-listed building, which is situated within the grounds of the University of Aberdeen buildings, was previously used to lease out as rooms for students, but has lain vacant for the past 10 years.

A total of 630 representations have been made about the controversial plans, with 396 in support and 234 against.

But Gordon Mutch, chairman of Old Aberdeen Community Council, said: “For me, this is a planning application that we are against.

“It’s right opposite King’s College and it’s a B-listed building. It’s in the middle of a residential area.

“We put in an objection against it, but the planners have recommended it for approval.

“It’s lain unoccupied for years, when there’s a lack of student housing in the area.”

Objectors have said the noise from the pub would disturb an adjoining chaplaincy building and adversely affect the “peaceful and leafy character” of Old Aberdeen.

Planners have urged councillors to approve the application conditionally, on the basis a garden space to the rear of the building is not used by customers.

In their report, planners said: “The principle of development is considered acceptable, the proposed use would accord with the existing character of the area and the proposal would aid the conservation of a long-term vacant category B-listed building, considered surplus to current and anticipated future requirements by the owner.

“Further, the proposed use would not cause undue detriment to the function and amenity of adjoining uses, and amenity of the wider Old Aberdeen conservation area.”

Members of the city council’s planning development management committee will vote on the application on Thursday.