Better Connectivity or Rat Run?

By bellmannews / February 26, 2020

FIERCELY opposed proposals for a new road layout at Ury’s East Lodge come before councillors at next week’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

Kirkwood Homes are seeking full planning permission for the East Lodge link road infrastucture. If approved, the Netherley Road would be closed to traffic as it approaches Stonehaven at the Polbare tree belt, with a new section of road travelling west of the trees and downhill to a give way junction just inside the estate gateway.

A link road connecting the Ury Estate developments, crossing the River Cowie and going through the housing to join the Netherley Road, has long been on the cards. According to the committee report, when permission was granted for East Lodge Drive it was identified as being part of its route.

The original proposals, however, saw the East Lodge gateway closed and the link road continuing up to North Lodge before accessing the Netherley Road.

Planners, who recommend councillors grant the application, say the new junction layout would retain the historical gateway to the estate, while providing ‘wider connectivity to Stonehaven’ by avoiding a one mile detour to North Lodge.

Residents opposing the proposals fear this better connectivity would result in East Lodge Drive becoming a rat run.

Some 39 objections were received, including those from both Stonehaven and North Kincardine Community Councils. Concerns raised include the impact on the amenity and air quality of residents; potential increase in volume and speed of traffic through the estate; and fears the junction design is unsafe.

The closure of Netherley Road to traffic would take all traffic, including farm lorries and tractors, through the gateway and a traffic calming pinch point – bringing concerns of safety and navigability.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meet in Woodhill House on Tuesday March 3 at 9am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The committee papers can be viewed here