New plans launch for Stonehaven supermarket and hotel

Ury Estate
Ury Estate

The developers behind an £80million Jack Nicklaus golf resort is set to submit renewed plans for a supermarket and hotel on the outskirts of Stonehaven.

Proposals for a 50-room budget hotel, a supermarket and a petrol station are being put on show for residents at the Ury Estate.

The original planning application was refused by Aberdeenshire Council last November after councillors said it was not the appropriate site for the development - concerns were raised on the impact it would have on Stonehaven’s town centre.

Developers FM Group addressed this by saying the new proposals would offer easy access to the west of the estate on the A957 Crathes to Stonehaven, or Slug Road.

They added that the firm has spent time considering the comments made by councillors and locals ahead of resubmitting a planning application next week.

A consultation on the proposition was held in Stonehaven on Thursday night.

The FM Group has already been granted permission to build 230 homes, and is hoping to build 90 more, along with an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Director of FM Group, Jonathon Milne, said: “These plans have been dramatically improved since they were put forward to Aberdeenshire Council almost a year ago.

“They demonstrate how hard we have listened to the community and the planners and how we have enhanced key elements to make the development even more appealing.

“The changes include reducing visual impact by making the buildings single storey and enhancing the accessibility, particularly in relation to Stonehaven town centre and dramatically improving the landscaping to provide screening from outwith the development.

“This development meets local demand for a much-needed retail development and hotel with restaurant.”

Vice-chairman of the Stonehaven and District Community Council, Phil Mills-Bishop, recognised that work has been done to improve the plans.

“We will take a formal statutory consultee view in January. I thought they have worked hard on the visual issues, for example not distorting the view of Ury Mansion,” he said.