Special meeting on Auchenblae hotel application

Efforts to secure new sound equipment at Auchenblae Village Hall were given a boost.
Efforts to secure new sound equipment at Auchenblae Village Hall were given a boost.

A special meeting for residents of Auchenblae is to be held next week to give them a chance to have their say on plans to build a hotel in the village.

Plans have been submitted for the erection of a hotel, café and shop on a site west of Granom, on the outskirts of the village.

The planned hotel would replace the former Drumtochty Arms Hotel in the centre of the village which was demolished after a gas explosion in the building in January 2009.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee will convene a Hearing meeting on Tuesday 10 September to discuss the planning application for a new hotel café and shop in the village of Auchenblae.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee has decided to convene a meeting to hear the views of residents regarding the application at Auchenblae Village Hall at 7pm on 10 September. Councillors will go on a site visit at 6.15pm before the meeting.

The meeting has been convened due to the large number (175) of representations received in connection to the application. The application polarised public opinion in the village earlier this year, after one group of residents spoke out against the planned site, saying it is unsuitable for such a development, while another group launched an online support group in favour of the plans.

A decision on the planning application will not be made at the meeting, which is an opportunity for councillors to hear from some of those who wish to have their views on the plans heard.

The meeting is open to the public but only those who have submitted a valid letter of representation and request to address the Area Committee will be eligible to speak at the meeting.

The application will then go before a future meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee for determination.