Supermarket Plans

By Jane Cruickshank / June 25, 2024

TESCO’S plans for a £10.5 million supermarket in Stonehaven have been unveiled.

Ashfield Commercial Developments have lodged their planning application for the erection of a retail store, electric vehicle charging hub and Class 3 cafe/restaurant with associated car parking, servicing, landscaping and access at New Mains of Ury.

The layout requires the removal of all existing buildings at the site, including the New Mains of Ury farmhouse.

Proposals for an electric vehicle charging hub and retail outlet were revealed last year by the developer – and this January it was revealed Tesco would progress with the development. The current application provides only the ‘shell’ layouts, with full detail to be provided in due course.

The proposed development , includes a total of 222 parking spaces with 25 electric vehicle charging stations across both units.

Stonehaven and District Community Council have already agreed to support the application for the 3457 square metre store, which will include non-food goods. This decision was taken at their May meeting, when a representative from the developer made a presentation.

Economic benefits statement

One of the documents contained within the application is an economic benefits statement. According to this, the 12-month £10.5 million construction phase with support approximately 65 jobs before the supermarket itself supports the equivalent of 75 full time jobs. Meanwhile Aberdeenshire Council will enjoy an additional £230,000 per annum in business rates from the development.

Tesco’s decades-long efforts to come to Stonehaven

Those with a long memory will recall Tesco has made a previous bid to open a store in the town.

The planning statement accompanying the application includes the relevant history.

It states: ”This retailer has had a long-standing interest in operating a store in Stonehaven having originally purchased the former Commodore Hotel site to the north of the town centre in the early 2000’s.

”This site could not be expanded to accommodate a store of the size required by Tesco to fulfil the needs of the community and company. Tesco applied for planning permission for residential development on the site which was granted in 2004 and the site was then sold.

”Tesco has therefore attempted to develop a store in a more central location and failed.”

Full details online

Full details of the proposals are now online – along with a facility to comment.