Ury Houses – Back To The Future

By Jane Cruickshank / October 28, 2019
Billboard at Ury Estate

HOUSES integral to the original vision of Ury Estate born some 12 years ago are back on the agenda at tomorrow’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

Rome was not built in a day, and for sure, neither has Stonehaven’s country estate been. There is much frustration about the pace of delivery of the dream – a championship golf course complete with luxury hotel/clubhouse.

Much of this was to be paid for by houses. Some 230 out-of-town houses were granted permission in 2011 with one sweeping justification – to bankroll the refurbishment of the ‘at risk’ ruin of Ury House to the tune of £7.6 million.

Stonehaven ruined Ury House

The legal stuff

To guarantee the developer used profits of the houses towards the restoration of Ury House, agreements with Aberdeenshire Council were granted in terms of section 75 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

These provided inter alia that a sum equal to the sum of £33,083 (Index Linked) from the disposal of each housing unit are to be placed in a joint deposit account with the Council and used for the restoration of Ury House.

Area Committee on Tuesday to consider 94 houses

There is a tangle of planning applications that have taken us from then to now. Suffice to repeat the 230 houses are the keystone to the whole development of Ury Estate.

And, tomorrow, Tuesday October 29, councillors will be asked to consider the application by Kirkwood Homes Limited/Ury Estate Limited, and delegate consent (ie let planners finally approve once they are satisfied) to the detail of 94 of them – for the second time. Permission for this number of units had already been in place, but has lapsed.

The above chart is a revised drawing of the estate masterplan, which is one of the documents found in the application paperwork for the 94 houses.

But what about the link road?

Stonehaven and District have voiced concerns about the infrastructure at Ury. But the report to the area committee assures members: ”It should be noted, restrictions are well established by conditions through the original permission for 230 enabling dwellings, and other consents within Ury Estate, that no more than 85 dwellings on either side of the Cowie Water shall be occupied until such time as the consented link road, or an agreed alternative, is in place.

”That restriction would still be applied, and with the 85 units already consented at East Lodge nearing completion, none of these units are currently envisaged to be occupied until such time as further infrastructure is in place, or an agreed alternative has been identified and accepted.”

Area committee meetings are open to the public

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets in Woodhill House on Tuesday October 29 at 10am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in reading the committee paper, it is available online.