Mains of Cowie plans withdrawn

An outline of the site that was proposed at Mains of Cowie.
An outline of the site that was proposed at Mains of Cowie.

Plans to build 400 homes, aswell as a supermarket, petrol station and community facilities in Stonehaven have been withdrawn.

Developer Stewart Milne Homes had hoped to develop the 84 acre Mains of Cowie site, across from Stonehaven Leisure Centre.

However, last month the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee rejected the plans after many residents of the town raised concerns on the impact the new housing would have on infrastructure such as schools and roads.

A spokeswoman for Stewart Milne Homes confirmed that the planning application for Mains of Cowie has been withdrawn. She said: “Following the outcome of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting and in view of some responses to the consultation process still out-standing, we are withdrawing this application for the time being.”

Community councillor Phil Mills-Bishop said: “The Stonehaven Community Council had developed cordial relations with the Agents working on the proposed Mains of Cowie and the Agents had sought to accommodate some of the concerns the Community Council expressed in their Representation in terms of the number of houses.

“However, it was insufficient to reduce the effect on the local infrastructure, traffic congestion, indirect flooding and on the vitality of the Town Square. Basically it was too large a development and in the wrong location. However, while the withdrawal of the Mains of Cowie proposal might look to some as a loss there are other proposals in the pipeline from other Developers who are taking full account of and listening carefully to what the Stonehaven Community and Community Council would like to see and incorporating those views into their prospective Planning Applications rather than imposing elements that are not wanted or inappropriate. There is now a real hope that Stonehaven will get a large National Supermarket and other attractive sustainable developments that will reinvigorate Stonehaven which has suffered lately and will continue to suffer (until these developments become a reality) with the spotlight and attention being on Chapelton of Elsick”