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Public hearing to be held for Marischal Square plans

25/07/14

The proposed Marischal Square development will be the subject of a public hearing next month.

Members of the Planning Development Management Committee unanimously agreed that a hearing should take place because of the authority's financial interest in the scheme and the range of issues raised in the 43 representations made to the planning authority.

Muse Developments proposes a mixed-use development, including offices, a hotel, shops and restaurants, civic space and public realm improvements. The development would provide 16,264 square metres of office space and 2,193 square metres of retail and restaurant space, along with a four-star, 125 bedroom hotel.

The Broad Street frontage would be defined by the office buildings and a space between them allowing access to and views of Provost Skene's House, which would be set in an area of public open space. The majority of ground-level floorspace would be in retail and leisure use, including restaurants. The proposed L-shaped hotel building would be sited in the south-west corner of the site.

Proposals for the civic square involve granite paving, with sculpted benches and seating edges, also in granite. Trees, uplit in the evenings, would be sited at the Queen Street end to form a strong edge and shelter the space. A series of lawns, at ground and elevated levels are proposed here and a water feature is also proposed.

All applications in which the Council has a financial interest which have attracted more than 20 objections trigger a report to Committee to seek a decision on whether or not a public hearing should be held.

Muse will have the opportunity to give a presentation about the Marischal Square proposals at the hearing and those who made official representations to the planning authority during the statutory consultation period will have an opportunity to voice their views.

A decision on the planning application will not be made on the day of the public hearing.