Proposal to replace former Macduff squash club building with flats approved
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Plans to demolish the former squash club in Macduff and build a development of eight flats have been granted by Aberdeenshire Council.
The proposal for the building was submitted to the local authority by GP Waypoint Design on behalf of applicant Albert Milne.
The work will see the derelict property at 100 Duff Street razed and eight flats built on the site with 10 car parking spaces for the residents.
The site is bound by the closed Macduff Medical Practice, Macduff Bowling Club, a car park which is used by bowlers and a private road which leads on to Duff Street.
It is proposed to build five of the two bedroom flats on the ground floor and the remaining three constructed above the central section of the lower floor. The maximum height of the building will be just over eight metres.
The development has no formal outdoor space but access paths and parking spaces will be provided for the occupants.
Two of the flats will be provided for affordable housing in the area.
In its report, Aberdeenshire Council recommended that the plans be approved as it complied with the relevant policies.
It said: "It has been designed so that it does not result in overlooking, overbearing or overshadowing of any existing residential properties, whilst adopting a mass and scale which is not too dissimilar from the current building on site which it is to replace."
Planning policies that were considered included the principle of development; the layout, siting and design of the proposal; residential
amenity; and technical considerations.
The report added: "It is deemed that the proposal fully complies with such policies of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2017 and is therefore recommended for approval."
In its decision the local authority decided to follow this recommendation and grant the application.