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Appeal launched for Health Centre coffee shop plan


By David Porter

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An appeal has been launched by a developer over rejected plans to demolish Inverurie's former Health Centre and replace it with a drive-thru coffee shop.

An illustrative image of the proposed new units on Burn Lane in Inverurie.
An illustrative image of the proposed new units on Burn Lane in Inverurie.

West Coast Estates brought forward a project to transform the derelict site into four retail units, with one of those earmarked to be a Starbucks outlet.

Aberdeenshire's planning service rejected the proposals in May after receiving objections over the already congested town centre's lack of parking.

Planners also objected on the assertion that the proposal does not provide an appropriate mix of uses within the town centre and will actively encourage private car use due to the drive-thru element.

As the application did not go before members of the Garioch area committee, but was instead refused directly by planners, the appeal will be heard in due course by members of the Local Review Body which is made up of councillors from across Aberdeenshire.



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