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Coffee shop plans for former tourist information centre in Banff


By Kyle Ritchie

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A proposal has been submitted to change the former tourist information hub in Banff into a coffee shop.

The application has been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council by Lee Brett of company Two Beards.

Change of use has been applied for to transform the historic Collie Lodge building situated at the town's St Mary's car park, which is accessed from Low Street.

Aberdeenshire Council offered the listed building, which was the former gate lodge in the Duff House estate, up for lease.

Plans have been submitted to turn the former tourist information centre in Banff into a coffee shop.
Plans have been submitted to turn the former tourist information centre in Banff into a coffee shop.

In the local authority's report it said: "Aberdeenshire Council is seeking to let the property on a short-term arrangement (up to one year) that can be upgraded to a full lease if the new venture proves to be successful and subject to a Common Good Order being obtained.

"Consideration may be given to alternative lease terms."

The bid to create the coffee shop was successful.

In the application it said: "The successful bid is for a sustainable coffee shop, creating a destination for the community and boost for tourism, the local economy and Scotland.

"As a business with a conscience, every effort will be made to ensure the minimal use of plastics and extensive recycling.

"In conjunction with the local authority guidance, recycling efforts will be taking place in accordance with the the daily/weekly recycling schedule.

"Furthermore, all disposables are made from plants not plastic and are 100 per cent compostable and biodegradable.

"Our coffee grounds will also be recycled in conjunction with a north-east business to further boost the local economy."

The floor plan layout for the single storey building outlines the proposal, which includes kitchen facilities and serving area, where customers will dine, a disabled toilet and storage.

The application can be viewed on the council's websitewhere the public can make comments until Monday, September 21.

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