Plans approved to transform Peterhead's Victoria Park

Plans to transform a Peterhead park into a multi-use games area have been given the go ahead by Aberdeenshire Council.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:43 pm
The fire-damaged pavilion will be replaced by a new pavilion as part of a redevelopment of Peterhead's Victoria Park.

Peterhead Area Community Trust (PACT) had applied for planning permission to create a community park at the town’s Victoria Park.

The former Victoria Bowling Club site has three large bowling greens. However, it has been closed for a number of years.

PACT’s plans will bring new facilities to the town centre site including a new pavilion, sensory garden, exercise area, multi-use area, a nine-hole mini golf experience, BMX pump track, play area, picnic area, all-weather pitch and car parking.

The new pavilion will replace the former bowling club pavilion that was burnt down by vandals in June 2014.

Site plans show that the new pavilion will be located in the middle of the site, and will be designed as a modern take on the former Victoria Station, which was located close to the park.

The application received four letters of support and one objection.

The objection stated that the tennis courts and at least one bowling green should be retained as the site had been an “important community hub” before the fire.

However, those in support of the plans said the new facilities would be “an important asset” for the community.

And they noted that the loss of bowling and tennis facilities had already been mitigated as clubs have moved to other sites in the town.

Council officers said the proposal would “regenerate” the area and bring “much-needed” facilities to the town and therefore the application was granted planning permission.