Multi- million pound golf course plans revived

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PLANS for a multi-million pound Golf development at Ury Estate are back on the table.

Three applications have been lodged for work at Ury estate in Stonehaven.

The project originally began in 2001 when FM Group bought Ury Estate and the plans were supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s infastructure services committee in 2008, however the project was stopped when the company backing the plans went into administration in 2009.

Directors of FM Ury Ltd then announced in August last year that the plans were back on the table. However, the 1600-acre Ury Estate along with the derelict Ury mansion was then purchased for £5m by farmer John Forbes in April.

The future of the golf development was then put into doubt as Mr Forbes, who had a stake in the FM group, had said he intended to focus on farming the estate’s land in the short term.

However planning applications for more than 50 homes as well as a number of matters related to the formation of the golf course, including the siting, design, external appearance, landscaping and access, have now been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council by agent FM Property & Leisure Ltd, Halliday Fraser Munro.

The applications are now available on Aberdeenshire Council’s website for comment.

The original plans for the Ury estate included a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, a hotel, 230 houses and the redevelopment of historic Ury House.

There had also been hopes to develop a retail unit with a supermarket on the estate, however this has been thrown into doubt by the local plan.