Councillors today gave the go-ahead for a former Lhanbryde hotel to be demolished to make way for a Co-op convenience store.
The application by Tahir Pervaiz attracted more than 120 objections from local villagers.
However, his proposals were approved at a special meeting of Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee following a three-hour hearing.
Several of the objectors spoke in favour of the hotel building, the original part of which dates from the mid-19th century, being preserved.
Some also claimed the development would compromise road safety by generating more traffic on an already busy stretch of road through Lhanbryde.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
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