Former restaurant to become chip shop

The Candlestick Maker restaurant in Aboyne was given the go-ahead for a change-of-use application to become a hot food takeaway last week.

Marr Area Committee approved the application following a lengthy debate on Tuesday September 8.

Before the meeting the application caused a great deal of concern for residents with eight people, from five different households, objecting to the plan.

Councillor Katrina Farquhar commented to The Piper & Herald: “It is good to see a business in these premises as they have been vacant for some time.

“In the current climate it is important for communities to have premises operating and providing employment as well as attracting tourists to the area.”

The concerns raised over the building’s change of use, which has been closed since 2013, included objections relating to both noise and smell.

Cllr Farquhar added: “Mr Dinnie (the applicant) has taken into account all the concerns raised and assured the committee he will do his utmost to mitigate these causing as little impact on his neighbours as possible.”

Prior to the meeting, Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Services had recommended to grant full planning permission to Mr. Dinnie subject to conditions. These included that ventilation details be made available to the planning authority,

The rear courtyard of the building is to be used as a staff area only and never made available to the public.

If any justified noise or other complaints are made by the occupiers of properties included in the noise impact assessment, the developer must undertake an investigation at his own cost. Also included in the conditions was the business hours of the chip shop would be set as 12 noon till 9pm and the ice-cream parlour from 9am till 9pm both seven days a week, unless otherwise agreed with the planning authority.