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olliers International is marketing two hotels in Aberdeen - one at a reduced price - in what it describes as an ideal time to buy into Scotland’s oil capital. The licensed property specialist was already acting for the owners of the Aberdeen Northern Hotel as they intended to retire - now ill health has forced them to lower their asking price and consider offers over £1m.

Additionally, the city’s Bauhaus Hotel has hit the market for £1.4m. This modern, budget yet boutique style venture is located on Langstane Place, parallel with Aberdeen’s Union Street – the city’s main retail thoroughfare offering a plethora of restaurants and bars, live music and entertainment venues. The railway and bus stations are a little over five minutes’ walk away, while Aberdeen International Airport is reachable by taxi in around 20 minutes. Alistair Letham, a director in the UK

hotels agency team at Colliers International, commented: “The changes to business trading, as a result of the fall in oil prices, and the effect it has had on hotel businesses in Aberdeen, has been well documented. However, recent indications



hepherd Chartered Surveyors is offering a retail unit on Banchory High

Street for sale or lease. Located on the town’s main commercial thoroughfare, Banchory is a popular market town located 15 miles west of Aberdeen along the A93 Aberdeen to Braemar Trunk Road. The majority of the retailing activity within Banchory is centred around the High Street where a number of national operators can be found. The 950 sq.ft property comprises of a ground floor retail unit within a standalone block of flats. The property has been split to provide a sales area towards the front with the rear used for storage and W.C. facilities. Car parking is available immediately to the front of the property and there are a further two car parks located within the immediate vicinity. Adam Honeyman at Shepherd in Aberdeen, said: “Given the prime location of this unit within the heart of Banchory’s retailing activity, we anticipate keen interest in this rarely available opportunity.” Offers in excess of £180,000 are

invited. Alternatively, a rental of £18,000 pa is sought.


suggest that hotel businesses are experiencing increased occupancy which is an encouraging sign. “Undoubtedly, now is a good time to

buy/invest into the hotel sector in Aberdeen, where experienced operators will see trade only going one-way; upwards.”

Undoubtedly, now is a good time to buy/invest into the hotel sector in Aberdeen, where experienced operators will see trade only going one- way; upwards.

an imposing corner location on the northern side of Aberdeen, where its distinctive V-plan layout and bold curved angles make it a striking and memorable feature of the city. The 32-bedroom hotel remains a thriving business and is considered an outstanding example of the Art Deco style of architecture. It enjoys Historic Scotland's Category A listed building status. As well as 32 bedrooms, sleeping 61, the hotel boasts restaurants, bars, dining and conference facilities, which make use of the unusual rounded Art Deco lines of the building. Its Mackenzie room and Ballroom combine to form a cinema-style curving function suite, capable of accommodating 200 people.

Aberdeen's Northern Hotel is a listed Art Deco landmark. Built in 1938, it sits in

Selling agent Colliers International is inviting offers over £1,000,000 for the Aberdeen Northern Hotel, 1 Great Northern Road, Aberdeen AB24 3PS. The Bauhaus Hotel is part new-build and part converted and has its principal accommodation over six main levels. This includes a restaurant, lounge bar and meeting facilities, as well as 39 en-suite letting bedrooms, to sleep 78.

IN MY VIEW by Andrew McNab, Colliers International

ast year I wrote about the changes afoot in Scotland’s planning system and those changes are indeed coming to fruition with the Planning (Scotland) Bill currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament. I previously wondered whether the changes would include anything radical and ‘game- changing’ but sadly I suspect that the new Planning Bill will indeed simply be a shuffling of the planning pack, as predicted.

L It is more

of a case of what is not in the new

Andrew McNab

Planning Bill than what is in

it that catches the eye. Once again, following the previous 2006 Planning Bill, the Scottish Government has rejected the calls for a third party right of appeal. Community groups and heritage watchdogs are bemoaning the lack of recourse if a planning decision is taken with which they do not agree. On the other hand, developers across the country will, once again, breathe a sigh of relief that they are not faced with yet another

bureaucratic hurdle to overcome in order to get permission to build than had campaigners for equal right of appeal got their way.

The consultation paper on change in planning that preceded the Planning Bill talked of creating a dynamic, efficient and effective planning system. However nothing in the Bill jumps out at me suggesting that achieving planning permission and delivering much needed housing will be any easier under the new regime. Sure, there is tinkering around the edges with the removal of Strategic Development Plans and the possibility of a new ‘Infrastructure Levy’ but as similar changes down south have taken effect, there has been little change in rates of new development nor significant improvements in local authority performance in dealing with planning applications.

There is a need for us to accept that the planning system by its very nature is cumbersome and unwieldy, a far cry from the vision set out in the original white paper. The impacts, both positive and negative, of development are wide ranging and all issues need consideration and given due weight and that is a process which is time consuming and thus for developers, expensive.


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