Health club plan objections

BROUGHTY Ferry Community Council’s planning secretary David Hewick has objected to a proposal to construct a health club in a conservation area.

The owner of the Gulistan House Indian restaurant in Queen Street, Munsif Ali Mohammed, wants to build the gym on land next to the restaurant.

Earlier this year councillors blocked plans to demolish a Victorian cottage on the site to make way for a 22 bedroom hotel.

Architects have now lodged a new application on behalf of Mr Ali which will see the property upgraded.

However, Mr Hewick is unhappy with the plan. He explained that there is a small Victorian cottage at the back with a large garden. It is situated between two listed buildings, the library and the church.

Mr Hewick said that there had been a number of planning applications and the last one, for a hotel, was refused because the location is in a conservation area.

He said that the new proposal was for a smaller building with a health club at the front. At the back the cottage would be retained.

Mr Hewick added that the community council is not happy about the proposed extension or the windows and he did not think it would have adequate amenity ground.

He feels the project would look unbalanced and is concerned a stone wall, which should be preserved as it is part of the character of the area would be damaged.

Fraser Middleton of ARKTX, the architect responsible for the plans, stressed that his client has acted on the community council’s concerns about the previous hotel application.