Future of Cammachmore restaurant finally decided

After a year of uncertainty, councillors have accepted that a popular north-east restaurant in Cammachmore is to be converted into housing.

The popular restaurant Cammies, near Newtonhill, has had plans approved to transform it into seven, two-bedroom flats by Rocin Ltd.

The proposals were backed by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee in September, but Aberdeenshire Councils officials referred the decision to approve to the development and infrastructure services committees.

Council planners commented that the plans did not represent a ‘sensitive restoration’ of a vernacular building, but added that it was an improvement on what already existed.

North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison said: “This building has an original granite core in the middle of it, although it is very hard to spot.

“It has been operating as a hotel for many decades. Now, it has unfortunately come to the end of that life.”

Council planning manager, Bruce Stewart, said: “It may be in the greenbelt and may not tick every single box but we have to look at the wider picture.

“Overall, the design is an improvement on what exists. We are comfortable with it. It actually meets the criteria of the granite build policy.”

And he noted that the building’s architectural merit has been diminished by numerous extensions over the years.

Planning permission was originally refused for the former family business as they hoped it could have been reopened after the restaurant and hotel closed its doors in May.