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28/04/2016

Go-ahead for Stonehaven championship golf course despite loss of ancient woodland

Words: Roger Milne
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Aberdeenshire councillors  today (28 April) approved proposals for a championship golf course, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, to be built on the Ury Estate to the north-west of Stonehaven.

The scheme also includes a 90-home development.

Controversially, an area of ancient woodland would have been destroyed to make way for some of the new homes and part of the course.

Officers had recommended that the project should be refused. However, members voted 45 to 20 to give the scheme – proposed by the FM Group – the go-ahead.

Mitigation has been proposed by the applicant in the form of soil relocation and compensatory replanting to enhance woodland links throughout the estate.

The Woodland Trust mounted an email campaign hoping to persuade the planning authority to refuse the project.

The Forestry Commission also voiced concern at the loss of the woodland.

The application for full planning permission has been referred to the council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee for the agreement of conditions for the development.

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