Second public consultation for Stonehaven Gateway development

From Joanna Fraser, Hoolet

Residents of an Aberdeenshire town are once more being asked for their opinion on Stonehaven Gateway, the proposed electric vehicle charging hub on the A90.

The proposed development received a thumbs-up from local residents in the first public consultation. The second public consultation event is being held on Thursday 30 March, between 3pm and 8pm at Stonehaven Town Hall.

The Stonehaven Gateway development is being proposed by developer Ashfield Land (Glasgow) Ltd and will host more than 30 EV charging points, with eight 10-minute super-charge points. It will also accommodate custom-built units for high-quality retailers.

Steven McGarva, director at Ashfield Land, said: “With Stonehaven Gateway, we want to create an attractive access point to the town, promoting it as a forward-facing and sustainable destination.

“It will provide a much-needed facility for both local residents and visitors, while supporting the region’s goals to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in the region. It will also deliver a number of significant benefits to the local economy, including a new diversity of shopping experience to the local community as well as the creation of new jobs.”

The first consultation, held last month, attracted 86 interested residents wanting to find out more about the plans, ask questions and offer suggestions, with more than 50 completing feedback forms after viewing the proposals.

More than 90% said they supported investment in Stonehaven, with 84% saying they definitely wanted to see new high-quality retailers coming to the site. There was also broad support for the concept of electric vehicle charging and having seen the plans, 70% said that the development would probably reduce their travel outwith the town.

The proposed location is a five-acre site west of the roundabout that links the A90 with the AWPR.

Colin - March 22, 2023

The feedback questionnaire at the first public consultation consisted of purely closed questions with no room for negative feedback, giving a false impression of overwhelming support. I know a few folk that attended who were against the development

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