Councillors expected to back plans for five-star turnaround of North-East boutique

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The planned transformation of the Udny Arms Hotel in Newburgh into a five-star boutique hotel is expected to get the go ahead from councillors next week.

The proposal is bidding to reopen the hotel with 12 bedrooms, plus five new townhouses which would be created from an existing annexe.

The hotel closed in 2013 for a significant renovation, and while the bar and restaurant reopened soon after and the hotel in February, the function suite has remained close.

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Udny Arms Hotel was put up for sale in September 2014 and was only sold to new owners ECS Investments in March 2016.

A statement from ECS said the group would refurbish the original buildings, in order to ‘provide a five-star boutique hotel’.

Eight objections were lodged with the proposal with issues such as loss of light, privacy and use of modern materials not being appropriate.

Foveran Community Council supported the application, saying it would only improve facilities in Newburgh, but questioned whether the five townhouses were in keeping with the rest of the village.

A report by Stephen Archer, the director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The Udny Arms Hotel has been a long established facility within the centre of Newburgh and its retention and refurbishment to reopen as a hotel and eatery are support by policy and welcomed by the planning service. The redevelopment of this site for a mixed use development will allow this site to become a positive attribute to the centre of Newburgh, regenerating this site.”

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