A FOOD preparation unit in Stonehaven is set to become a martial arts and fitness studio facility for members of the public.
The facility, which will be situated in the Arduthie Business Centre along with a dental practice, Scottish Environmental College (SAC) offices, workshops and accountants will be open to visiting members of the public from 9am to 9.30pm.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee unanimously agreed to approve the plans after considering them at their meeting on Tuesday.
Councillors were told that there had been one letter of representation objecting to the building’s proposed change of use, with concerns mainly centred on parking provision.
The letter said: “At the moment there are 30 car parking spaces for people and staff using the business centre and from Monday to Friday parking for anyone using the centre is very difficult, with people having to resort to street parking some distance away.
The applicant highlighted to the committee that, while intended opening hours will be 9am-9.30pm seven days a week, the opening times may vary if classes are being held and the opening time may be earlier than 9am.
“I would anticipate a huge increase in the demand for parking if the proposed gym was introduced, leading to congestion in the car park and petrol station next door.
“The congestion may lead to traffic accidents in the area.”
However it was pointed out to the committee that there are in fact 50 parking spaces, and Infrastructure Services (Roads Development) commented in the report that they had no concerns, and felt that the proposed change of use would not significantly alter the existing parking requirements.
The report put before councillors stated: “It is considered that the nature of the proposed use is such that it respects the character and amenity of the surrounding area and is compatible with neighbouring employment uses.”
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Peter Bellarby suggested that councillors should approve the application, and all of his fellow councillors agreed.