Perth and Kinross Council approve Pitlochry hotel plan
Perth and Kinross Council have approved controversial proposals to redevelop the centre of Pitlochry.
Members of the Development and Management Committee approved plans to demolish the Bank House and create a budget hotel and supermarket complex.
Community groups have voiced strong opposition to the plan to knock down the landmark building on Atholl Road.
Council officers had recommended the plan by Upland Developments be approved.
The development for the Atholl Road site includes 16 flats, seven retail units, a 52 bedroom hotel with parking and the creation of a pedestrianised civic space.Conservation area
However, the plans call for the demolition of the old Bank House and a former bakery.
The Bank House, which is not a listed building, is within the Pitlochry Conservation Area and retains many original features, while the council said the former bakery buildings had been substantially altered and had no particular architectural value.
Campaigners have criticised the plans for the Bank House with Historic Scotland claiming that there had not been a sufficient case made to justify the demolition of the building.
The council has received 103 objections to the proposal and three submissions backing it.
Most of the objections claimed the new development would have a negative impact on the town's conservation area and that the replacement buildings do not justify the loss of the local landmark.