Villagers support Torphins hotel plans

Villagers who attended the public meeting were generally in favour of the plans for the hotel.
Villagers who attended the public meeting were generally in favour of the plans for the hotel.

Villagers in Torphins have shown general backing for new plans to revamp the local hotel.

The Learney Arms - the community’s only pub - closed last year and residents mounted a campaign to retain it.

It is good to see such community involvement in Torphins

Will Maclean Community Council Secretary

The new owner Alex Shepherd failed in a previous bid for a change of use to a house - but he has now lodged fresh plans for the premises, which include a bar.

Around 50 people attended a publc meeting called by the community council to discuss the proposals in the Learney Hall on Monday night.

Mr Shepherd was at the meeting and outlined his plans, answering a range of questions.

Only one person voiced a clear objection, although concerns were expressed over the parking area, access for children and the protection of listed status.

Community council secretary Will Maclean said later: “We were pleased with the turnout, interest, and good questions, which enable the community council to gauge community views and effectively represent the community when commenting on the application.

“It is good to see such community involvement in Torphins.”

He added: “The community is positive to have a quality establishment with bar and good food reopen in the building, given the loss of the hotel cannot realistically be reversed.”

The new application is for a bar/brasserie at the rear of the building with a holiday let above, with a house and eight bedrooms at the front.