Westhill hotel extension gets the green light

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Gairoch Area Committee have given the green light to plans to extend the Westhill Holiday Inn to include 39 further bedrooms.

At their meeting in Inverurie on Tuesday, January 13, councillors granted full planning permission for alterations and an extension to the venue on Westhill Drive.

In total, 39 extra rooms will be added to the hotel, by building partially on top of the current public bar, in a three-storey accommodation block. The provision of parking will be increased to a total of 120 spaces.

Originally, these proposals had met with some opposition from local residents, concerned with overshadowing and a potential lack of privacy. In addition, there were fears that there would be parking overspill in surrounding areas, such as Kinmundy Avenue. Business and tourism bosses, however, had wholeheartedly endorsed the plans.

The chief executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Robert Collier, wrote a letter in support of the extension, stating his belief that it would make a ‘useful contribution’ to the increase in beds required to meet demands in the years ahead.

After a parking study indicated the impact of the development would be minimal and the fact that the developer’s plans included obscure glazing on stairs and angling of windows to prevent overlooking, planning officers recommended the scheme for approval, which has now been given. Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, said: “The addition of 39 new bedrooms is clearly supported by organisations and bodies with an eye on increasing tourism.”