Potential conservation status for Benholm

Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the views of the local residents of Benholm regarding potential conservation status for the village.

Benholm, near Johnshaven, is a site of great antiquity and houses a historic kirk and a restored water mill.

An appraisal has been prepared to consider the areas special features to define the boundaries of the village.

The appraisal will assist in the active management of the area and also identify priorities for enhancement in the village if conservation status is granted.

Chair of Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, Carl Nelson said: “Benholm is a richly historic Scottish village and has the only surviving traditional water powered meal mill in Kincardineshire.

“Conservation status for Benholm would ensure the historical architecture and character of the village will be protected and can remain in keeping with its rural surroundings.”

Vice-chair Peter Bellarby said: “While this area is remote, it is important to ensure its protection. Conservation Area status is a positive step towards an area’s protection, enhancement and management of future development.”

Copies of the appraisal can be viewed at the Viewmount council offices in Stonehaven and online at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/built_heritage/conservation_areas.asp