Support for new Farm Shop and Cafe at Luthermuir

Councillors have given their support to a proposed new Farm Shop and Cafe near Laurencekirk.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 3:10 pm

Planning permission in principle has been sought for the application by Luther Farm Services Ltd and granted by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee last week.

As well as the shop and cafe, the proposed development at Luthermuir will also include artist studios and associated infrastructure.

A planning statement issued with the application states that the Robertson family have farmed the land at Mains of Luther for three generations and they decided to diversify the farm business in a bid to secure a future in agriculture for the family’s current and future generations.

It adds that the proposal would offer a “high quality” cafe and farm shop and studio space for local artists or producers to display their work and make it available for sale.

To date the application has received 14 letters of support and three objections.

Objectors argue that the development would have a “detrimental impact” on road safety at the A90/B974 junction, an increase in pollution, noise, litter, and concerns regarding flooding on the adjacent road.

However supporters say the new facility would bring local jobs and new facilities. Supporters also welcome the prospect of a new local business.

Aberdeenshire Council planners had recommended that the development be accepted in principle as it would “meet the criteria of small-scale employment development”.

At the meeting councillors George Carr and Leigh Wilson gave their support for the application while councillors Jeff Hutchison and Provost Bill Howatson both raised concerns about road safety on the A90 but did not move to refuse the plan.