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 Infrastructure Services Committee on Thursday, June 17.
The application was previously discussed by the Formartine Area Committee on Tuesday, May 18 and members were also supportive of the development.
The proposed development site on Station Road was previously used as an aviation storage facility.
Crown Motors will keep its current Crudie showroom and the proposed development would help to extend the business.
The new business development will have the potential to create up to 20 new jobs.
Prior to the meeting, the application received one letter of support and one objection.
The letter of support stated that 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.
At Today’s meeting councillors were told that this proposed site was the best option as a town centre site would be “unsuitable” due to potential traffic congestion and impact on the amenity of residents.
It was also said that developing the derelict site would lead to a “visual enhancement” of the area.
Following discussion, the Infrastructure Services Committee agreed with the recommendation to grant planning permission in principle.