Scottish planning chiefs have overruled Aberdeen City Council to give the green light for a new care home in the grounds of a five-star hotel.
The proposals for a 65-bed nursing home by Halliday Fraser Munro on behalf of Meallmore were rejected last year by Aberdeen City Council due to concerns over increased strains on local medical services and a loss of trees at the site, The Press and Journal reported.
An independent reporter upheld an appeal on the decision on the condition that a “green travel plan” be created to encourage sustainable forms of travel.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “An independent reporter has granted planning permission for a care home at Deeside Road, Aberdeen following agreement between the appellant and the council on financial contributions towards the core path network, healthcare facilities, open space improvements and the upgrading of bus stop facilities. The reporter made their decision on the planning merits of the case having fully considered all the evidence submitted by parties.”
Michael Gillespie, Property Director for Meallmore, said: “We are delighted with the planning appeal decision having worked extremely hard with the Spence family and our design team to develop a building that we believe will further enhance this established location. The new facility will provide high quality care services for older people in the local area, as well as creating a range of job opportunities. We are now looking forward to getting the project underway.”