Five-star hotel plan for Crimonmogate

BUCHAN councillors will today (Tuesday), be asked to approve planning consent in principle for alterations and redevelopment of estate buildings and associated car parking at Crimonmogate, Lonmay in a bid to create a five-star hotel complex.

An application from Argyll Trust Ltd will be considered by members of the Buchan area committee when they meet in Peterhead later.

The applicant is seeking consent for redevelopment of a redundant piggery, laundry, creamery and steading to form a gym, spa, hotel accommodation, suites/treatment rooms and a restaurant at the estate.

In a report to go before today’s meeting, director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer, says Crimonmogate is most famous for the 19th-century Crimonmogate House, designed by the Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson for the merchant Patrick Milne.

The estate includes the category A listed mansion house, which is currently used as a wedding venue, steading buildings, piggery, laundry, creamery and other associated buildings. A number of these buildings are in a state of disrepair and no longer used.

Mr Archer says a range of supporting information has been submitted with the proposal.

“This includes a transport statement that provides estimates of vehicles movements and potential improvements to accessibility, a travel plan which provides details of how the site will be accessed, a historical report and historic statement which give a detailed background to the site, design, and details of the existing buildings,” he says.

“The key planning issue is whether the principle of this redevelopment can be supported based on the level of information submitted.

“A supporting statement provides some context to the proposal and a detailed site history of the area.”

Mr Archer says the existing use of the A Listed Building as an occasional wedding venue can accommodate up to 300 guests by the use of a large yurt (tent) in the grounds and within the main house itself.

“The supporting information submitted with the proposal advises that the intention is to develop Crimonmogate into a new 5 star hotel complex, mostly within the existing estate buildings.

“At present it is anticipated the hotel will comprise 22 suites, restaurant, health spa and leisure facilities. Support facilities to the hotel are also proposed to be incorporated within the existing buildings to provide a self contained development separate from the main house.

“The buildings to be redeveloped are in various states of repair and only used for storage; these include the steading, laundry, creamery, piggery and kennels.”

Members will hear that the development offers the potential for a quality tourist facility and accommodation which would benefit the economic base of the area and attract visitors to the locality.

“The proposal is located within the northern Regeneration Priority Area, where the need for such projects is even more pressing due to the possibilities for job creation and financial ‘spin off’ for other local businesses in terms of the opportunities that new business and commercial developments would create.

“The planning service is satisfied that the commitment given by the applicants in their supporting statements suggest the development will be of a high quality and that the impact upon the listed structures and the surrounding area will be positive.” adds Mr Archer.

Members will be asked to approve the application subject to a number of conditions.