A bid to convert a shop unit at the end east of Aberdeen’s Union Street into a hot food take-away has been recommended for refusal by council planners.
The application for the vacant site opposite the Town House prompted 17 letters.
Objectors raised concerns over loss of retail space, potential parking issues and an increase in noise and litter.
The upper floors of the building, designed by renowned architect Archibald Simpson, are currently being revamped as serviced apartments.
The shop lies at the corner of a lane which connects Union Street with Exchequer Row.
The applicant, Cemal Kuccuk, corr has submitted a supporting statement, which points out that the premises have lain empty since April last year and have been marketed for retail use without success.
However, the council’s head of planning Margaret Bochel has said in a report to councillors that the proposal does not comply with the authority’s policies for the city centre.
If approved, it would also reduce the level of retail use on Union Street to 61%, below the recommended percentage of 65%, she said.
Ms Bochel adds: “There are no material considerations, or significant improvements proposed to the shop frontage which would merit departing from policy.”
Members of the planning development management committee will consider the application at a meeting on Thursday.