Councillors throw out Hillside Hotel plans

THE PLANS to convert and extend Hillside Hotel have been refused by the Angus Council development standards committee.

Owners of the hotel William Percy and Gerry McPherson submitted an application for eight residential units and retention of the public bar earlier this year.

But the residents of Hillside condemned the new plans during a public meeting in July when they were also urged to submit their objections to the local authority.

In total, Angus Council received 97 letters of representation which highlighted a range of issues local people had with the plans.

Among the items raised was the accusation that a previously thriving business had been deliberately run down by poor management and customer conditions.

Hillside Community Council had also formally expressed their concern over the potential loss of the hotel.

Mr Percy and Mr McPherson originally lodged an application to convert the hotel into nine residential units and a retail unit, but they withdrew the plans after significant public outcry.

Angus Council's director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson, said that he was concerned that the scale and mass of the building which has been proposed would not be in keeping with the surroundings. He was also concerned on the impact the amenity would have on its neighbours.

The applicants had prepared a statement supporting their plans, but the application was turned down at the development standards committee meeting yesterday morning (Tuesday, December 7).

Local councillor and infrastructure services convener David May said: "I am delighted that the committee turned down the application and I now call on the applicant to sell the hotel as I believe there is at least one offer for the hotel which appears to me to be very fair."