Councillors back supermarket plan

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Councillors have gone against planners and backed proposals for a store on the outskirts of the town, along with a 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant.

The final decision on the Ury Estate project will rest with the full Aberdeenshire Council which will discuss the recommendation for approval agreed at Tuesday’s meeting of Kincardine and Mearns area committee.

Committee members were discussing four bids for supermarkets in Stonehaven. They refused plans for developments at New Mains of Ury, Mains of Cowie and Mill of Forest.

Planning officials had recommended refusal of the quartet of applications which are seeking approval in principle.

The full council will debate the committee’s views on all four at the end of June.

The site which gained the support of the area committee is on the Ury Estate and FM Ury Limited are seeking the go-ahead for a 3750 square metre supermarket, 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant.

Other applications were from Drum Property Group and Barratt North Scotland to build 500 homes and a supermarket at Mill of Forest

Stewart Milne Homes is seeking approval for 250 homes and a supermarket at Mains of Cowie.

The Sluie Estate Trust is proposing a supermarket and petrol station for the New Mains of Ury.

Planning officials had recommended the committee should refuse all four bids as they did not comply with the council’s local development plan.

The full council meeting is on June 30.

Meanwhile, the committee went against planners’ advice and approved a proposal to turn a 155-year-old Johnshaven church into flats.

The Mearns Coastal Church in Castle Street, owned by the Church of Scotland, was put up for sale in July last year for £75,000 as congregation numbers had been dwindling.

The approved project will see it transformed into two three-bedroom, a two-bedroom and single-bedroom flats.

Councillors heard there were concerns from planning officials over parking and the application had attracted 11 objections and seven indications of support.

The meeting heard a from a speaker in support of applicant Kenneth Dickson who said that if the flats plan did not go-ahead, the village faced the prospect of a prominent local landmark within a conservation area falling into ruin.