Agenda item

Full Planning Permission for Part Change of Use from Bank (Class 2 Financial, Professional & Other Services) and Alterations to form Office (Class 4) and Erection of Car Wash (Sui Generis) at 34 Bridge Street, Ellon (APP-2023-1237)


There had been circulated a report dated 31 January 2024 by the Director of Environment and Infrastructure Services, which sought consideration of the planning application outlined within.


The Senior Planner introduced the report, and the Committee heard an oral representation from the agent on behalf of the applicant.


During discussion, Members noted that the pedestrian gates had originally been locked to prevent youths climbing on scaffolding, and asked if there were concerns that they might now enter the car wash area; expressed surprise that there was currently no intention to operate on a Sunday as this was the busiest day in Ellon for cash washing activity – though it was noted that the Supporting Statement included limited hours for a Sunday; queried what the plans were to manage traffic in the access lane; asked if there would be a booking system in place; noted that it would be a manned site and the applicant would deal with the situation if cars were backing up in the access lane; and noted that it was intended that there would be two members of staff on site initially. 


Following the debate, Councillor McAllister, seconded by Councillor Crawley, moved that the application be granted in line with the recommendations within the report.


Councillor Stirling, seconded by Councillor Ritchie, moved as an amendment that the application be refused on the grounds that it was contrary to Policy P1, Layout, Siting and Design, of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan, on the grounds of road safety concerns and the effect on the amenity of the neighbouring residential properties.


The members voted as follows:


Motion                           Councillors Crawley, Davidson, Forsyth, Hassan,

                                         Johnston, McAllister, Nicol and Taylor


Amendment             4        Councillors Lang, Owen, Ritchie and Stirling


Therefore, the motion was carried, and the Committee agreed to grant Full Planning Permission, subject to the following conditions:


01.In accordance with Section 58 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) this planning permission will lapse on the expiration of a period of three years from the date of this decision notice, unless the development is begun within that period.


Reason: Pursuant to Section 58 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended).


02.The development hereby approved shall not be brought into use until the fuel and oil separator has been installed in accordance with the approved details. The system will be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers guidance and shall be retained on site in perpetuity.


Reason: To prevent excessive amounts of fuel and oils from the premises entering the public sewer system and thereby ensuring there is no adverse impact on the public sewer from the development.

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