Stonehaven supermarket appeal gets underway

A MEETING to decide how an appeal to build a supermarket in Stonehaven should progress will be held next week.

Deeside developer Bancon has appealed against the Kincardine and Mearns area committee’s decision to reject its plans to build a 45,200 sq ft store, with a petrol station and associated parking, and distributor road at East Newtonleys on the outskirts of the town earlier this year.

Councillors were concerned that the supermarket was situated too far out of town and would have a detrimental effect on the town centre, while the separate application for a distributor road was rejected due to the effect it would have on the landscape, the loss of agricultural land and concerns over road safety.

A pre-examination meeting will be held next Wednesday, December 8 at 6.30pm in Mackie Academy to decide what further information is required to enable the reporters to make a decision about the appeal and the best procedures by which to gather that information. Timescales for these procedures will also be discussed.

The meeting is public, but no discussion of the merits of the case will take place.

Bancon’s appeal focuses on the fact that there are no centre or edge of centre sites available for a supermarket, the impact on the town centre would not be as significant as councillors believe and the job opportunities the store would provide, paving the way for further development of a business park on the site.

The company also states that the supermarket would provide an alternative for residents who currently travel to Aberdeen or Portlethen for their weekly shop.

There appeared to be little local opposition to the plans for a supermarket on the site, but the distributor road proposal came under heavy attack from the Save Our Stoney group who branded it a “trojan horse” which would lead to thousands of homes being built in the town.

Stonehaven and District Community Council also opposed the plans.