Plans to turn a former north-east hotel into a retreat for fishermen from across the world could be sunk.
Proposals for the Bayview Hotel in Macduff are set to be discussed once again at the Banff and Buchan area committee next week.
Susie Suri and her husband Jim Perry were originally given permission by Aberdeenshire Council to convert the hotel into a trawlermen’s refuge in January via delegated powers.
However, the decision was made with the condition that the applicant would provide more information about noise pollution in relation to two air source heat pumps (ASHPs) that could affect neighbours.
Environmental Health had originally submitted an objection regarding the ASHPs saying they weren’t up to standard.
Concerns were raised the noise from the devices would impact those living near the Shore Street premises.
A noise impact assessment was carried out, but deemed not appropriate because it provided insufficient evidence that there would be no unacceptable loss of amenity as a result of noise.
As a result, officers had recommended the scheme for refusal – but councillors voted in favour of a delegated grant.
Planners had praised the proposals for bringing the building back into use.
Stephen Archer, head of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said in a report: “Failure to submit information to an acceptable standard means Environmental Health has been unable to remove its earlier objection and agree that the matter is satisfactorily resolved.
“The applicant has indicated that while not meeting British Standards, they believe the data provided meets ISO Standards and they are not prepared to commission a specialist noise consultant.
“They have requested the application be referred back to committee to determine and the planning service considers this the only appropriate route now this impasse has been reached.”
Planners are recommending refusal. Councillors will meet on Tuesday.