Councillors have finally given their backing to the Mains of Cowie as the preferred site for a supermarket in Stonehaven.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week set out their views on how development should proceed across the area in the future. Their recommendations will go before Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee on July 3.
The need for a supermarket in the town has been widely supported, but opinions have been split on the best site.
Councillor Ian Mollison said: “Nowhere is ideal. Planners preferred building on the recreation grounds. That gained the backing of only one councillor. After much soul searching, the other councillors opted for the Mains of Cowie site as it is relatively close to the town centre and near the A90 too.”
Cllr Mollison added that the meeting also heard that “a major company may wish to establish its world HQ just outside Stonehaven”
He added: “It would bring about 1000 jobs, and would be an iconic and prestigious development just north-east of the A90 interchange with the Netherley road. If all goes well it would open in 2018 at the same time at the Fastlink and Aberdeen bypass.
“Councillors were given scant details at the area committee as negotiations are still under way.
‘‘The only other key details were that the firm already has a presence in Aberdeenshire, research and development would be the focus, 80% of the jobs would be for graduate-level staff, and “they have toes in the North Sea.”