More room for Church

A Deeside Church building is set to be extended after plans were approved by the Marr Area Committee this week.

The development will see a new entrance area and increased car parking at the Mid Deeside Church in Torphins.

The Church is a Category B-Listed building dating back to 1875 and is located on the northern edge of Torphins settlement boundary, along the St Marnan Road.

Mid Deeside Parish was formed in 2002 by the union of the three parishes of Kincardine O’ Neil, Lumphanan and Torphins.

Worship initially was continued in all three church buildings, however it was recommended that the Torphins building should be consolidated as the main worship centre for the parish.

Initial plans for the Church raised concerns from Torphins Community Council and Historic Scotland because they felt that they failed to preserve the character of the Listed Building.

However amendments to the design were submitted after consultation with Historic Scotland and the executive agency welcomed the new plans.

The plans were praised by a number of councillors at the Marr Area meeting at Alford Public Hall on Tuesday.

Cllr Alastair Ross said: “The planners and architects have done a brilliant job with the plans for the church and deserve praise for the amendments.”

Chairman of the Marr Area Committee, Cllr Moira Ingleby, said: “The fact that the church is being so well used is terrific and very welcome news.”

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Rosemary Bruce agreed: “There is a greater need for this extension to the building because people are coming from wider areas, there is a greater need for car spaces and I am more than happy to support the plans.”

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