Three proposals contending to build Stoney supermarket

The Mill O'Forrest masterplan
The Mill O'Forrest masterplan
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There are currently three proposals vying to build a major supermarket in Stonehaven.

With the review of Aberdeenshire Councils’s Local Development Plan underway via the Main Issues Report , which is currently out for public consultation, it is an important time for communities across Aberdeenshire to make their views known on future development and key issues facing their town.

This is particularly evident in Stonehaven, where a fundamental issue relates to whether a major supermarket be allowed in the town, and if so where?

The newest plans are from developers Barrat North Scotland and Drum Property group.

The joint partnership want to deliver a £250 million mixed-use scheme at Mill of Forest, incorporating a primary school, up to 1,500 houses, 25 acres of employment land, a vibrant centre with a supermarket (60,000sqft), community facilities and hotel, are keen to increase the dialogue and consultation established with the wider community of Stonehaven back in 2009.

Fife Hyland, Drum Property Group commented: ‘’As was outlined at the recent public consultation at Mackie Academy, if there is to be development in Stonehaven the proposals at Mill of Forest are Aberdeenshire Council Planning Officers current preference. However, it is vitally important that the local community and stakeholders continue to have an opportunity to view and comment on the future expansion of the town and amenities. “We are meeting with local groups and interested parties over the coming weeks to ensure that the feedback and requirements of all generations from young families to the elderly are incorporated where possible.’’

Commenting on the development proposals for Mill of Forest , Chris Ross, Senior Land Manager, Barratt North Scotland stated: ‘’The planned and phased development at Mill of Forest represents an exciting opportunity to create a sustainable and sympathetic expansion of the town.

“As well as delivering a sought after supermarket for local residents, which could be built within the first 18 month of the development, the proposals crucially provide much needed homes for a wide spectrum of groups from first-time buyers to the elderly; including a significant number of homes for the affordable housing market.

“More homes would also provide a platform for creating addition footfall and spending in the town, something which a stand-alone supermarket would not provide and therefore be detrimental to the well-being of the local business community and the vibrancy of the town centre.’’

‘’We are also fully committed to ensuring that key infrastructure works, such as a new bridge across the A90 are delivered as part of the first phase of development. As part of these works, we are paying particular attention to the proposed Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme and will ensure that our proposals for a Sustainable Urban Drainage System will complement and enhance the actions to be taken forward as part of the Flood Protection Scheme .’’

FM Ury lodged proposals in October with plans that included a supermarket, a hotel and restaurant, homes and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus on the Ury Estate.