Hillside Hotel plan rejected

A RECOMMENDATION to refuse an application to extend Hillside Hotel was ratified by Angus Council planning committee yesterday morning.

The proposal, to alter and extend the existing hotel to include self-catering accommodation, had been determinedly opposed by residents, at a public meeting and in a total of 85 letters of objection.

The existing bar lounge facility would have been retained, but the single-storey annex removed. The proposal for the upper accommodation would have seen five en-suite bedrooms. The existing building would have been extended to the rear, two storeys and an attic in height.

Councillor David May told the meeting that he had lived in Hillside for 25 years and was fully aware of the importance of Hillside hotel to the people in the village.

He continued: “I well remember that the hotel was thriving and I am afraid to say that since the present owners took it over it has been going downhill.

“What has been designed is excellent and there are many aspects of it that I back such as the inclusion of the disabled lift and the refurbishment of accommodation, and the bedrooms which will make the hotel more appealing to guests.

“However, I do believe that what has been proposed, its size, its form and its height would dwarf the surrounding buildings which are effectively low rise, low density buildings.”

The application would normally have been decided under delegated powers, but was put to the committee because of the level of public interest.

Planning director Eric S. Lowson had recommended refusal on the grounds of over-intensive development. He said the rejection was due to: “The form, scale, massing and height of the proposed building relative to surrounding buildings which are characterised by low rise, low density development; an unacceptable impact on residential amenity due to the height of the proposed extension, its proximity to existing and proposed neighbouring properties and by virtue of overlooking of those properties.”