Plans to change a ice cream shop in a north-east town into a flat have been recommended for refusal.
Proposals have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council to turn Stonehaven’s Harbour Hut back into a home.
The C-listed building is located beside the town’s harbour and has been a shop since 2004. Before then it was a flat.
Councillors on the Kincardine and Mearns area committee have been recommended to refuse the application on Tuesday.
Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, said: “The applicant has not suggested or evidenced that the shop unit is unviable or that there is no market demand for someone else to take on the property and run it as a successful retail unit, capitalising on the significant tourist footfall drawn to the Stonehaven Harbour area.
“Therefore there is no reason to believe that the property would become unoccupied as a result of not granting permission for the change of use to a flat.”