The majority of people who attended a recent exhibition of proposals in Stonehaven Leisure Centre gave the project their support.
Seventy five people responded to a questionnaire on the plans and 70 % were positive about the development.
The majority of people who responded to the questionnaire said they already did their weekly shop outside Stonehaven, mainly at Portlethen.
There was also a majority who supported the provision of a supermarket ‘ as soon as possible’ and that they would welcome a medium-sized supermarket, similar to those in Banchory and Montrose.
The proposals brought forward by Bancon Developments and Dunecht Estates were showcased at a public exhibition at Stonehaven Lesiure Centre on November 22. Around 170 people visited the exhibition.
The plans include the provision of a 4200 sqm supermarket. The centre will also feature a site for a new primary school, rugby pitches and recreation facilities. The Mearns Business Park would also be extended, providing office and light industrial facilities with the capacity to attract up to 1,000 jobs to the area.
According to those who visited the exhibition, drainage and access to the sites are issues that must be addressed.
Harry McNab, planning director for Bancon, said: “We had some very constructive feedback from the many people who came to the exhibition. Understandably, concern was expressed about drainage and we are confident we will deal with this issue to the satisfaction of the relevant authorities. As part of the scheme, we will implement measures that will mean, after development, there will be less risk of flooding than there is now.
“The need for good access to the sites was also raised with us, and all the related transport issues will be fed into the detailed traffic impact assessment which is currently being finalised.
“We were heartened by the response from the public.”