Site visit decision from councillors

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A decision on a new business park at East Newtonleys in Stonehaven was deferred this week as councillors agreed to a site visit.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee were considering Bancon Developments and Dunecht Estates’ application for Planning Permission in Principle for a business park, which is proposed on land to the south of Stonehaven, adjacent to the A92 and its junction with the A957.

Representatives from both the Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Council and the Stonehaven and District Community Council addressed councillors, and both expressed the opinion that, while they were not against the plans, they wanted assurances over the potential impact upon drainage to the Glasslaw burn and ultimately to the Carron river, as well as strengthing of responsibilities for the maintenance and inspection of the drainage proposals.

A report to councillors by Stephen Archer Director of Infrastructure Services said: “The principal concerns raised by the public were access arrangements and drainage. The development will be accessed from a new roundabout onto the A92 which was required as part of the consented business park site. The applicant has also proposed drainage measures that will divert surface water drainage from all of the consented business park, and a section of the proposed development site towards the coast, and away from the Glasslaw Burn, by gravity via a series of altered and improved ditches. The remaining area of site will be drained via a detention basin arrangement that has been designed to attenuate surface water run-off in extreme 1 in 200 year plus climate change events.”

Cllr Wendy Agnew proposed a site visit to gain a better understanding of drainage and transport issues that are associated with the applications.

She said: “I’m worried about the flooding issues here and what I saw in 2009 and 2012 I wouldn’t want to put residents through that again.”