By Kirstie Topp – Local Democracy Reporter
An application seeking planning permission in principle for the new showroom, service centre, car parking and display area in Turriff by Crown Motors went before the Formartine Area Committee on Tuesday, May 18.
The proposed development site on Station Road was previously used as an aviation storage facility.
Crown Motors would keep its current Crudie showroom and the proposed development would help to extend the business.
A supporting statement issued with the application states that the new development would have the potential to create around 15 to 20 new jobs.
The application received one letter of support and one objection.
Supporters believe the development would help to support the town centre and local businesses, however the objection raised concerns regarding overdevelopment, loss of heritage and unsuitable accessibility.
Commenting at Tuesday’s meeting councillor Iain Taylor said the scale of the development was a “slight concern” but hoped that conditions placed on the application would help to remediate this.
Councillor Alastair Forsyth said
This site offers a great deal of imagination and employability and I think the gateway to Turriff would be greatly improved by this modern building.
This would be an asset to the town on a number of fronts.Councillor Alastair Forsyth
Councillor Anne Stirling added that she was “content” with the departure from Policy but wished for treatment of the southern boundary of the site to be addressed.
The application will now go to the Infrastructure Services Committee for determination with a recommendation to grant.