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New shopping centre plans delayed
Perth City Hall
The B-listed Perth City Hall was constructed in 1908
Plans to transform Perth's historic city hall building into a shopping centre have been delayed after the neighbouring church raised concerns.

Councillors had been asked to approve the proposals to convert the B-listed building at a meeting on Wednesday.

However, they were deferred after concerns were raised about the effect an increase in retail activity would have on the nearby St John's Kirk.

The application was brought forward by developer Wharfside Regeneration.

It is now expected to be considered by councillors at a future meeting after further consultation is carried out.

The proposals for Perth City Hall and Lesser City Hall, built in 1908, would provide space for 12 shops, a cafe, restaurant and an area for market stalls.

However St John's Kirk of Perth has expressed concern that the street markets would expand to fill the space between it and the hall and have an impact on weddings and funerals.

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