Ballater Station plan approved

Plans to redevelop fire-hit Ballater Station are moving forward.
Plans to redevelop fire-hit Ballater Station are moving forward.

Plans to re-instate Ballater’s Old Royal Station have moved a step closer.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has given the go ahead for the project after approving Aberdeenshire Council’s planning application.

The historic building - once used by the Royal family visiting Balmoral - was destroyed by fire last year.

Parts of the Royal waiting room were salvaged from the blaze and a replica Royal carriage which had been on display was relatively undamaged.

CNPA planning committee convener Eleanor Mackintosh said: “We are delighted to be able to approve Aberdeenshire Council’s application to bring back the Old Royal Station, which has been missed greatly by the community and visitors to the area.

“Ballater experienced more than its fair share of troubles in 2015 so it is great to see it back on its feet and very much open for business with a number of exciting developments going on.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Marr Area Committee Moira Ingleby said: “Approval of the plans is testament to the work which has gone on behind the scenes to get to this point, making sure the necessary funding is in place to provide something which is hopefully even better than was there before and continues to be a point of interest for locals and visitors alike.”