Trees Could Be Lost For Road

By Jane Cruickshank / March 1, 2020
the belt of trees at Polbare - or Pow Bair as some locals may call it

A BELT of trees that has been a feature of Stonehaven’s hinterland for over 100 years will be felled if a new road proposed for Ury Estate gets the go ahead.

On Tuesday, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee will consider Kirkwood Homes’ application for full planning permission for its East Lodge link road infrastructure at land adjacent to East Lodge.

In their proposals, the existing B979 road would be blocked to traffic at the bend on the hill and become a shared footpath and cycleway.

The new road would cut through the Polbare tree belt and continue downhill and slightly westwards before joining with the east link road at a give way junction west of the lodge.

And, according to the narrative of a tree report, a total of 158 trees would have to be felled to enable the works – those circled in purple in the plan below. Most, are the healthy, mature Beech trees forming the distinctive belt lining the Netherley Road on the brow of the hill.

The Bellman notes the tree report was posted online on February 14, while the last date for public comment was February 6.

Plan showing trees to be felled

A previously consented proposal (APP/2014/1722) for a new road would also have meant the loss of trees – but of a significantly smaller number referred to as ‘several’ in the planners’ handling report.

If the proposals are given consent, then compensation planting will be undertaken with 1500 trees and shrubs, including 357 beech trees sized 70-90cm.

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