Ury Estate Limited have applied for listed building consent for alterations and reinstatement of the derelict mansion house to form 19 Flats on the ground, first and second floor with associated parking, landscaping and engineering works.
This would appear to be a significant shift in the vision for Ury Estate that promised a hotel and golf clubhouse in the restored house. Planning permission for this was first granted back in 2008, with a second such application granted in 2012.
Indeed, the shift to a golf-led country estate was plan B by the then developers, FM Developments, who in December 2006 were refused planning permission for their proposals to refurbish the dilapidated mansion house and create nine apartments. This project was to have been enabled by the building of 138 houses.
Their plans had been approved by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee but not by Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee.
The Bellman believes the reason for the plans’ refusal was the proximity of the Forties pipeline.
So long-winded is the Ury saga that the above detail is now archived on Aberdeenshire Council’s website, but not on that of our local newspaper, the Mearns Leader.
So what now for the grand vision for Ury?
Even today, Tuesday October 29, councillors on the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee are considering the detail of 94 of the 230 houses that were granted outline permission to enable the saving of the listed mansion which was deemed to be at risk.
And of course – there was the Nicklaus designed golf course, which first gained planning permission in 2007, then won a second permission in 2018, this time with the added element of 90 houses to enable the development.
Suddenly, the word BREXIT springs to mind as a saga of similar twists and turns. We may soon be voting in a general election.
For voicing your opinion of the latest moves at Ury Estate: do so in writing to Robert Gray Head of Planning and Environment Service by November 21. You can also make comment online or to the email address below. Please note the date for comment will extend if neighbour notification or advertisement is required. Comments must be submitted within the required timescale and any comments made will be available for public inspection and will be published on the internet.
Local Planning Office: Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39
The plans for the above application are available online