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Businessman could be forced to close Inverurie car wash over neighbour complaints

There are calls for the council to close down a car wash set up without planning permission in Inverurie.

Residents have raised complaints that the new Inverurie car wash spoils the peace in the area.
Residents have raised complaints that the new Inverurie car wash spoils the peace in the area. Image: Kath Flannery/Michael McCosh

Complaints could close an unauthorised Inverurie car wash, an Aboyne care home might become a new house and an “outdoor classroom” could be created in an Aberdeen park.

All these and more feature in this week’s Planning Ahead, our weekly round-up of the latest proposals being pondered across the north-east.

Every week we bring readers a selection of the most interesting applications submitted to our councils in a bid to form changes big and small in our communities.

We begin our latest instalment with a church group’s plan to take on office space in the heart of Peterhead.

The man upstairs? Peterhead church plans for space above shop

Peterhead New Parish Church wants to convert unused space above the town centre’s old DFS sports store into a new premises.

It comes after the second storey office site was offered up to rent, for a “variety of purposes”.

The plans are for space above this empty shop. Image: David Proctor/DC Thomson

Blueprints for the 48 Marischal Street spot indicate the religious group will turn old offices and stores into “activity rooms”.

It was formerly used by the town’s Citizens Advice Bureau.

Peterhead New Parish Church is based a short distance away on St Peter Street.

An image from our archives shows the street in 1976. Image: Aberdeen Journals

Finnish fitness guru unveils plans for studio in Blackburn

A unit at Blackburn Industrial Estate could be turned into a new fitness studio, under plans submitted by Eija Puustinen.

The instructor previously told us about her mission to help more women embrace weightlifting.

The fitness instructor has big plans for Blackburn. Image: Eija Puustinen

The Finish guru has been coaching athletes since her teens, and turned it into a career.

She has now lodged plans for unit one at the site just off Woodburn Road.

Gas fears could mean dog exercise park are just a pipe dream

There could soon be more scope for dogs to get fit too, a few miles away in Westhill, if fears about a gas pipeline can be overcome…

The owners of Marshalls Farm Shop, a popular spot just off the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road at Kintore, are behind the plans.

The couple already operate Muddy Paws, a dog exercise park next to the store.

And now they want to create another in a field near Westhill Drive, to the north of the town.

This shows the area in question. Image: Google Maps

It would come with 12 parking spaces, and be surrounded by a 1.8m fence.

However, major distribution firm SGN has warned that the proposed site is too close to a high-pressure gas pipeline 32 meters away.

They say a meeting should take place at the site to discuss measures to be taken to “safeguard the security of the pipeline”.

The dog exercise park could be created off this stretch of road. Image: Google Maps

The Health and Safety Executive has backed the concerns.

Their response to Aberdeenshire Council states: “There are sufficient reasons on safety grounds for advising against the granting of planning permission in this case.”

This shows the location of the pipeline. Image: SGN

But new Wickes plan moving forward…

Elsewhere in Westhill, plans to open a new Wickes DIY shop appear to be progressing.

The £10 million proposal for a new shop at Kingshill Park was approved last year.

Jobs are in doubt after the shock news. Image: Shutterstock.

And now a separate application has been lodged for new signage at the  25,000 sq ft bespoke building, along with a tall “totem” outside.

Johnston Oils to add huge storage tanks at Dyce base

In Aberdeen, Johnston Oils wants permission to install three new 80,000 litre storage tanks at its Kirkton Drive base in Dyce.

This will mean altering the existing yard.

The Johnston Oils premises is just next to the city’s airport. Image: Google Earth

Johnston Oils dates back to 1995, when it began life at the Dyce depot.

It carries out deliveries all over the city.

St Fittick’s Park outdoor classroom plans lodged

The Friends of St Fittick Park have lodged new plans to make the most of the Torry expanse, amid an ongoing battle over its future as part of the city’s Energy Transition Zone.

River City star Joyce Falconer (centre) joined the Friends of St. Fittick's Park for a litter-picking event.
River City star Joyce Falconer (centre) joined the Friends of St. Fittick’s Park for a litter-picking event. Image: Paul Glendell/DC Thomson
The outdoor classroom would be constructed just along from the Cruyff court. Image: Google Earth

The group now wants to create an outdoor classroom just off Balnagask Circle.

It would be used for a “variety of nature-focused community activities”.

Repurposed shipping containers would be used for storage, while a wooden shelter would be utilised for lessons.

This would be built just next to the Cruyff Court at the park, if approved.

The plan has already received some enthusiastic backing. Image: Google Maps

It has already received the support of Aberdeen academic Dr Jean Boucher.

The environment expert’s letter to the council states: “This sounds like a great idea to help people connect more with nature and nature’s rhythms.

“Something I think people need in their lives. I give my support for this initiative.”

Aboyne care home to be turned back into house

The Glen Allach care home on Ballater Road in Aboyne closed down in 2020.

Thereafter, the building went on the market, offered up as a possible five-bedroom home and priced at £295,000.

The Aboyne care home has been empty for four years. Image: Google Maps

Glen Allach previously gained planning approval for Change of Use from a domestic
dwelling house to a care home.

Papers now sent to Aberdeenshire Council say it would “benefit the local area to have the building occupied and maintained”.

The house would be on Aboyne’s Ballater Road. Image: Google Maps

They add: “Given that the property has not been taken on as a care home in the past four years, there would be no detriment to the area and the property would be returning to its original purpose.”

Inverurie car wash complaints could close down new business

Inverurie residents are urging the council to close down a controversial car wash that has been operating without planning permission for months.

Businessman Ilim Tanyelli has turned a closed builders yard into the new business.

The site at the corner of St Andrews Gardens and Glebe Road had been vacant for a few months when he took it over.

People living across from it say they can’t get into their gardens without catching some stray spray. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson

In February, Planning Ahead explained that the proposal had been submitted retrospectively to Aberdeenshire Council.

And since that time, residents have been having their say…

‘We can no longer enjoy our homes and gardens’

Maureen Thompson, of nearby St Andrews Gardens, was dismayed to see planning permission being sought “on the same day it opened for business”.

In a letter of objection, she states: “I fear this doesn’t bode well for any laws to be considered or followed in this business.

“This is a very nice residential area and these premises have had various businesses running there for years, none of which damaged the status quo the way this one will.”

She said staff are often “shouting” at each other to be heard over the sound of “very noisy” power washers.

There are complaints about the bright signs at the Inverurie car wash. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson

Inverurie car wash complaints from retirees ‘at home most of the time’

The letter continues: “If they did decide to work on Sundays, particularly with St Andrew’s Church right next to them, it would be undesirable.

“We could all of us round here forget about peaceful Sundays in our gardens.

“Many of us round this area are retired and at home most of the time.

“It is very sad that we no longer can enjoy our home and gardens in the peace we are used to having.”

The nearby church can be seen here in the background. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson

‘I can’t go into my garden without getting wet’

Tamar Forbes, who lives on Church Terrace, is also calling for it to be closed down amid claims it is “disturbing the tranquility” of the area.

She said: “I am extremely concerned by the excessive noise that is and will be generated by pressure washers, radios, music and general works.

“As it is, the spray from the power washer spreads over my garden, impacting the ability to use the outside area without getting wet.”

Duncan Stewart blasted the “unauthorised signage” on the side of the building, deeming it “visually intrusive”.

The bright blue sign has come in for criticism. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson

Is everyone against it?

Not quite.

Karen Whyman from Oldmeldrum has written in to praise the new facility.

She said: “Brilliant new car wash, good to see the building being put to good use.

“A lot of my friends go over to Aberdeen to get this kind of service as the Tesco one is always busy and cannot accommodate many cars.”

Some people are glad to have the new car wash in town. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson

Kaitlin Furber of Inverurie praised the “great idea”, which will “support local jobs”.

Do you think the car wash should be allowed to stay? Let us know in our comments section below

What do the experts say?

No decision has been made on the business yet, but the council’s environmental health boffins believe the application should be rejected.

They say they have already received complaints about the disruption.

Their objection states: “This operation is likely to create a significant nuisance to those nearby dwellings.”

What does the owner say?

Mr Tanyelli says he has spent tens of thousands ensuring the premises is run well, with a one-way system in place.

This includes a £30,000 drainage system and noise control measures.

He told us he has since ensured that no music is played from the premises.

The businessman added: “I care about the environment and I would encourage any neighbours with any questions to approach me to discuss it.”

The plans will be decided in due course.

You can see the plans here:

Peterhead New Parish Church plans

Blackburn fitness studio

Westhill dog exercise

Wickes plan moves forward

Aberdeen oil storage

St Fittick’s Park outdoor classroom

Aboyne care home changes

Inverurie car wash application faces complaints