Supermarket “not appropriate at this time”

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Reporters for the Aberdeenshire Local development plan have said that a large supermarket in Stonehaven is “not appropriate at this time.” Their decision was discussed at the Kincardine and Mearns Area committee meeting this week.

Councillor Wendy Agnew reacted angrily at the reporters decision on a large supermarket in Stonehaven.

She explained that whilst the reporters had made a “terrific” decision on Stonehaven development, saying it has “a special landscape setting” and so is not suitable for further housing development at this time she was disappointed by their decision that a large supermarket is not appropriate without a large urban development.

Councillor Agnew said: “Are you saying that if we want a supermarket we have to agree to houses?”

Councillor Agnew argued that the population of Stonehaven had shown that they want a large supermarket and said she was frustrated that the Local development plan now meant that there would be no movement in the issue for five years.