Stonehaven finally set for new supermarket

Ury Estate
Ury Estate

Stonehaven is to get a new supermarket as part of the redevelopment of Ury Estate as plans that were approved at a full council meeting.

Councillors heard plans for four different stores in Stonehaven at the Council Chamber in Woodhill House, Aberdeen on Thursday, June 30.

Ultimately, planning permission in principle was granted for plans by the FM Ury for a 3705m2 supermarket, 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant at Ury Estate.

But applications for supermarkets at the New Mains of Ury, the Mains of Cowie and the Mill of Forest were all refused.

A motion by Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Graeme Clark to approve the Ury Estate plans, seconded by Councillor Raymond Christie, was successful.

The FM Ury Group, who are behind the £80m Jack Nicklaus golf course and housing development at the estate, confirmed last week that there has been “strong demand” for their retail and hotel plans on the outskirts of Stonehaven.

Their plans for a supermarket have seen “six of the UK’s top supermarket brands” expressing an interest in the site.

Jonathon Milne, director of FM Ury, said: “Our location is ideal because it’s next to affordable housing and can be delivered quickly due to the existing infrastructure already planned as part of overall development.

“In addition to meeting consumer demand and creating jobs, this well-located, high quality development will increase the level of choice to those staying within the town and avoid the need to travel to supermarkets elsewhere. It is estimated that three quarters of the store’s trade will come from shoppers who would otherwise travel outside of the area to buy their goods.

“We don’t believe this will detract from footfall in the town centre which offers an entirely different retail offering.”

Cllr Clark said: “Stonehaven is a special place. The last thing we want to do as councillors is spoil it.

“We’re under increasing pressure from locals - the Business Association, Stonehaven Town Partnership and the community council are all asking why Stonehaven doesn’t have a supermarket.

“Stonehaven people won’t understand if we turn it down once again.”

And chairman of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, Carl Nelson, said that the proposals would be of “great benefit” to the people of Stonehaven.