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First Floor Right, 13 Fraser Road - Change of Use of Flat to Short Term Let Accommodation (sui generis) with Maximum Occupancy of 4 People - Planning Reference Number 230572

Members, please note that all plans and supporting documents relevant to the review can be viewed online here and by entering the application reference number 230572.


The Local Review Body (LRB) of Aberdeen City Council met on this day to review the decision taken by an appointed officer under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation for the refusal of the application for the change of use of flat to Short Term Let accommodation (sui generis) with maximum occupancy of 4 people at First Floor Right, 13 Fraser Road, Aberdeen.


Councillor McRae as Chair for the meeting, gave a brief outline of the business to be undertaken, advising that the LRB would be addressed by the Assistant Clerk, Mr Mark Masson with regards to the procedure to be followed and thereafter, by Ms Lucy Greene who would be acting as the Planning Adviser to the Body in the following case under consideration this day.


The Chairperson stated that although the Planning Adviser was employed by the planning authority, she had not been involved in any way with the consideration or determination of the application under review and was present to provide factual information and guidance to the Body only.  He emphasised that the officer would not be asked to express any view on the proposed application.


The Local Review Body was then addressed by Mr Masson, Assistant Clerk in regard to the procedure to be followed, at which time reference was made to the procedure note circulated with the papers calling the meeting and to more general aspects relating to the procedure.


In relation to the application, the LRB had before it (1) a delegated report by the Appointed Officer, Aberdeen City Council; (2) an application dated 10 May 2023; (3) links to the plans showing the proposal and planning policies referred to in the delegated report; (4) the Notice of Review submitted by the applicant; and (5) letters of representation from the Aberdeen City Council’s Roads Development Management Team and Environmental Health Team; and also from a neighbour.


Ms Greene then described the site and outlined the appellant’s proposal.


Ms Greene indicated that the appointed officer’s reasons for refusal outlined in the report of handling was as follows:-

·       This was a predominantly residential area and quiet - detrimental impact on residential amenity of neighbours within building – due to noise disturbance, frequent changes of occupant particularly at unusual hours, security, real or perceived within communal areas of building; and

·       Was therefore contrary to H2 (Mixed Use Areas), Policy 30 (Tourism) NPF4.


Ms Greene outlined the key points from the appellant’s Notice of Review as follows:-

·       Applicant had a strong commitment to ensuring the Short Term Let would not disrupt neighbours. Communication would be maintained, properties were taken on where it was believed there would not be issues with neighbours – as this would create more work;

·       Was willing to implement noise detection devise and Ring doorbells (smart), if those would provide reassurance of ability to address concerns; and

·       Was eager to work collaboratively with the Council and local community to ensure operations align with character of Fraser Road and Policy H2 and Policy 30 in NPF4.


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