Stonehaven supermarket bids given no backing from ‘Shire councillors

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Aberdeenshire councillors have refused to give their backing to two separate bids to bring a supermarket to Stonehaven.

Plans for a 1500-home development, as well as a supermarket, school and community facilities, a health centre and dentist, retail and business units at Kirkton of Fetteresso have been lodged by Barratt East Scotland and the Drum Property Group.

FM Ury also hope to build a supermarket, 50-bedroom hotel and petrol filling station on the Ury Estate.

Concerns were raised over the impact both schemes would have on the town centre, and council officers pointed out that both were against planning policy by not being included in the local development plan.

Referring to the Kirkton of Fetteresso project, which is also know as the Mill o’ Forest development, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Peter Bellarby said the granting of a 1500-home proposal would compromise the Chapelton development, and that it would be a “grave error.”

He added: “There’s been significant volume of opinion that there needs to be a supermarket somewhere but this is not the right place and, in present circumstances, there is no need for 1500 houses.

“The location of this proposed retail development could have a significant adverse impact on the town centre.”

When considering the Ury development bid, Councillor Bellarby said there were “other alternatives” for a supermarket site in the town.

Councillor Graeme Clark said that Ury Estate was “not the right place” for a supermarket, and said it would spoil the view of Ury House once it has been restored.

While he did not support the application, Cllr Raymond Clark said that a supermarket was needed, and added: “At least this one does not come with the condition of hundreds of houses attached.

“Sometimes we need to bite the bullet and we will have to decide on somewhere for the supermarket.”

Both applications will go to full council on November 20 for a final decision.