Developer bids for Stoney turned down at committee

An artist impression of the development
An artist impression of the development

Two major developments which were proposed for Stonehaven have been rejected by Aberdeenshire’s full council.

Plans for 1500 houses, as well as a supermarket and community facilities, had been lodged by Barratt East Scotland at the Mill o’ Forest site, Kirkton of Fetteresso.

FM Ury had also applied for a supermarket, petrol station and hotel on the Ury Estate.

Both applications were turned down by local councillors last month.

The Leader came out last Thursday morning, shortly before the decision was upheld by the rest of Aberdeenshire’s councillors at their meeting in Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

Councillors heard that more than 140 letters of objection were received regarding the Mill o’ Forest proposal, with concerns raised about the impact such a large development would have on the rest of the town.

The application was also not included in the local development plan, and council planners said it would result in the loss of prime agricultural land.

Fifty two members voted to refuse permission in principle, against seven in favour.

Councillors also voted 52-2 to reject the Ury Estate application.

Local members Graeme Clark and Peter Bellarby both argued that the estate was wrong for this type of development. FM Ury are already building a golf course and 230 homes on the estate.

Residents in Stonehaven have said they are keen to see a supermarket for the town.