Hopeful Mill of Forest developers to attend community council meeting

Stonehaven residents are being invited to hear what the developers of a controversial £250m housing and business plan have to say about the project.

Representatives from the Drum Property Group and Barratt East Scotland are to attend Tuesday’s meeting of the Stonehaven and District Community Council, after applying for outline planning permission for the development at Mill of Forest last month.

Proposals include 1500 houses, a 5,500 square metre supermarket, a hotel, a 500 square metre neighbourhood shopping precinct, a 25-acre business park, and a new primary school.

A total of 59 letters of representation have been made in relation to the application, with local residents concerned about the impact a 40% increase in population would have on the infrastructure of the town, particular Mackie Academy, the loss of farmland and the effect on the landscape.

One resident stated: “This application is yet another abuse of the countryside around our over extended town. Each day there is less and less open country for pleasure and agricultural purposes. Each day there are applications to build more and more houses. This has got to stop.”

Other residents pointed out the fact that the proposed local plan, which is set to be formally adopted next year, rejected any such large-scale development in the town and set a limit of 430 homes for Stonehaven.

The community council last month backed a motion to oppose the development in principle as it goes against both the current and proposed local plan for the area, but will hear from the developers on January 11 and put in its formal response to Aberdeenshire Council after that.

The meeting will take place in the Invercarron Resource Centre, starting at 7.15pm.

Other issues set to be discussed include the on-going issue over the reconvening of the local travellers working group, the announcement of this year’s recipient of the Hannah Dyson Award and a feedback discussion following a budget briefing with Aberdeenshire Council.