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Aberdeen City councillors have voted in favour of the plans for a 200-bedroom hotel, spa, swimming pool, events and conference facility, restaurants and equestrian centre, to be built on two areas of Scottish land which are zoned as ‘green belt’. Approval of the project

will be subject to referral to Scottish ministers as the proposal was deemed a major application that is contrary to the council’s adopted Local Development Plan. An economic analysis,

T e equestrian centre will be built near Hayfi eld Riding Centre

submitted on behalf of applicant Alan Massie from Carlton Rock, suggested the country club plans could generate millions of pounds in visitor spending annually, provide 250 full-time jobs in the hotel and up to 400 staff positions during a two-year construction phase. “T e fi ve-star hotel will complement the

existing recreational uses within Hazlehead Park and will bring real economic and social benefits to the city by providing a riding centre, swimming pool, spa, restaurant and

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conference facilities,” said planning development management convener councillor Ramsay Milne. “Although the site is in the green belt, the development is screened by surrounding woodland and there would be little impact on the character of the green belt.” Planning permission, which is subject to a

number of conditions, will be withheld pending an agreement on developer contributions centre are open to the public as well as guests. Details:

Airbnb unveils fl oating Thames pad

A pair of architecture graduates have teamed up with Airbnb to create one of the more pleasant objects likely to be found floating on London’s River T ames – a buoyant guest house. Twins Nick and Steve

Tidball – who graduated from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and now work as creative directors in advertising – have paired up with the accommodation giant to create a city crash pad that has been described as “Primrose Hill meets Pixar.” The Floating House –

T e Floating House off ers a unique tour of London landmarks

carrying the address ‘Number 1, T e T ames’ – off ers bespoke living quarters including two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room, as well as a garden complete with dog kennel. “For the Floating House, we were inspired

to create a fairy tale structure in the middle of London – something that would allow people to see the city from a diff erent angle,” said the twins. “It was crucial to us that this was a real house, not just a stage set. T at’s why it had to provide more than just bedrooms

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and a bathroom. Visitors will get to enjoy a hand-picked book collection, a dog kennel, and their very own private garden – the kind of things that make a house a home.” T e pop-up house is fl oating up and down

the T ames for fi ve nights from 18-23 May. A competition on the Airbnb website is off ering users the chance for users to win a free night’s stay on the vessel, complete with free massages and a dinner cooked by Michelin-starred chef Robert Ortiz. Details:

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