Laurencekirk is Shaping Up

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One of two public meetings will take place this weekend to discuss the future of the old Mearns Academy site in Laurencekirk.

The public drop-in session will take place at the new Mearns Academy building on Sunday, February 28 with a follow up meeting happening on March 13.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop in to either or both meetings and share their views.

‘Shaping Laurencekirk’ is an initiative of Laurencekirk Development Trust and is delivered by PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland.)

The day starts at 10am with a tour of the site, followed by a workshop to discuss relevant issues.

A second session in the afternoon will look at possible options for the adjacent land, which has been identified for mixed commercial and industrial developments.

The Laurencekirk Development Trust is proposing to acquire the former Mearns Academy site on behalf of the community and will present a business plan to Aberdeenshire Council to be considered at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee in April.

David Wood, Planning and Policy Manager at PAS, said “We specialise in community engagement and helping people to have a say on the future of their towns and cities for the benefit of the wider community. This is an exciting initiative and we’re delighted to have been asked to facilitate it.

“We been involved in a number of successful projects of this nature and we believe that we can help Laurencekirk Development Trust identify a number of options which will make best use of the Academy site and the surrounding area based on the priorities identified by residents. “