New town centre hotel proposal

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THE COMPANY which operates the Gulistan Indian restaurant in Broughty Ferry has applied to Dundee City Council for permission to demolish the old cottage on the west side of the Public Library on Queen Street with a view to building a hotel there.

The cottage is one of the oldest in the burgh.

Broomvale Ltd., recognise that their application will require special consent as the building is in a conservation area.

If demolition is approved, they would then seek permission to construct an upmarket 23-bedroom hotel of three or four storeys that they insist would not spoil the view of the library.

Fraser Middleton of ARKTX said they were aware of the sensitivity of the site and have designed the building sympathetically with a curved frontage so it doesn’t obstruct the view of the library.

He went on: “In the row of buildings running from the junction there would by the Gulistan, which is a former church, the hotel and the library all existing well together.

“We are planning a 21st century hotel in the middle of Broughty Ferry which we believe would benefit the area.

“There would be a gymnasium and studio on the ground floor which local people could use, a restaurant and 23 bedrooms – all high standard.”

The proposal has already been discussed by Broughty Ferry Community Council who have concerns over traffic congestion and noise issues for local residents.

The application would also have to be approved by Historic Scotland because it is in a conservation area.

Community council planning secretary David Hewick stated that both the library, which is nearly 100 years old, and the church that houses the Gulistan are listed buildings and he believes this would restrict the type of development permitted nearby.

r An artist’s impression of the new hotel next to Broughty Ferry Public Library.