Honey, I shrunk the Banchory conference centre

The developer of a new conference facility in
Aberdeenshire has agreed to downsize initial plans for the centre to appease
local residents.

The Aberdeen Press
and Journal
has reported that despite having planning permission,
developer McIntosh Plant Hire bowed to pressure from local residents in
Strachan, near Banchory, worried about the effect on the surrounding protected
landscape.

Councillors had knocked back the initial business plan,
only for the decision to be overturned on appeal to the Scottish
Government.

McIntosh intended building a two-storey facility. The
revised proposal no longer features bunkhouse accommodation and the conference
centre will be on one floor instead of two and there will be no cafe.

Aberdeen Convention Bureau manager, Jacky Selway, tells
conference-news:
“Although we already have good meetings venues within the area, particularly in the
hotels in Banchory, we welcome this
additional facility and the fact it will now be more in harmony with its
surroundings will make it an attractive addition.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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