Hearing to take place on proposed Ury Estate development

The meeting will take place at Mackie Academy next month.
The meeting will take place at Mackie Academy next month.

A public hearing will be held next month to discuss a planning application for a major commercial development in Stonehaven.

The application for a supermarket, petrol station, 50-bedroom hotel and restaurant with associated access roads, car parking and landscaping at Ury Estate was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by FM Ury Limited in September 2013.

A pre-determination hearing will take place at the town’s Mackie Academy on Thursday, September 11 from 7pm.

Though it is not a public consultation event, the hearing is a formal process allowing those who have already submitted valid representations, as well as the applicant and consultees, to express their views to councillors before any decision is taken.

The final date for public comment on the application is Wednesday, September 3.

A site visit will take place just before the meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 11 and interested parties are invited to attend.

Councillors will look at the site, but will not hear arguments for or against the proposals during the visit.

Nor will a decision be made on the application at the hearing, but it will be minuted and all points raised will be placed before the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee when it discusses the application at a meeting on Tuesday, October 28.

A report detailing views on the application will then be presented to a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday, November 20, when a decision is expected to be made.

If you have made a valid representation to the planning application and wish to address councillors at the hearing, please contact Alison Cumming on (01467) 628207 or by email at: Alison.cumming@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Copies of the report to be presented at the hearing, letters of representation received and pre-determination hearing procedures will be available from the Kincardine and Mearns Area Office from Thursday, September 4.

You can also see the documents on the council’s website: http://bit.ly/Uryhearing

A summary of the application and forms to submit formal representations are available on the council’s website: http://bit.ly/Uryapplication