New plans for hotel

Fresh plans have been drawn up to reopen the Learney Arms Hotel in Torphins.
Fresh plans have been drawn up to reopen the Learney Arms Hotel in Torphins.

A public meeting will held in Torphins next week to discuss fresh plans for the village’s hotel.

The Learney Arms closed last year amid dismay among residents who mounted a campaign to retain the pub, restaurant and hotel...the community’s only ‘watering hole’.

A bid for a change of use to a house by new owner Alex Shepherd was refused - but he has now lodged renewed plans for the premises, which include a bar.

Mr Shepherd outlined his latest proposals to members of Torphins Community Council last Thursday and the council decided to hold a special meeting in the Learney Hall on Monday at 7.30pm to gauge public opinion.

Community council secretary Will Maclean said it was important to establish the views of the community before a response to the application is formulated.

He added: “We hope as many people as possible will turn up. The more who come along the better.

“Everybody wants to see the building in use as it has been a focal point of the community in the past.”

The change of use application seeks approval for a bar/brasserie at the rear of the building with a holiday let above. It is proposed to have a house with eight bedroom s at the front of the premises.

The flat will be converted to a holiday let with new separate entrance, and the front building will be restored to its original design in a number of areas and developed as a house.

Major roof repairs would also be completed.