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News in brief: Consent sought for Morrisons near Stonehaven; Inquiry on Cumbrian coal mine starts today

Words: Laura Edgar
Morrisons plans for Aberdeenshire / Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and FM Group

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 7 September, 2021

Consent for Morrisons near Stonehaven sought

An application for a Morrisons supermarket has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.

Submitted by Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and developer FM Group, the store would be located at Ury Estate, just outside Stonehaven.

The purpose-built Morrisons food store forms part of FM Group’s Ury Estate site, which is being developed into a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, housing and a redeveloped Ury House.

If approved, the store would have a gross internal area of 3,750 square metres, with a 300-space car park. It could deliver more than 120 local jobs.


Inquiry on Cumbrian coal mine starts today

The public inquiry into West Cumbria Mining’s Cumbria Metallurgical Coal Project will begin today, Tuesday 7 September.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick called in the application to be considered by his department in March 2021.

The mine, called Woodhouse Colliery, would be located on a brownfield site south-west of Whitehaven. The inquiry will take place online.

Read more here on The Planner.


Public views sought on short-term lets in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Council is running a public consultation seeking views for the city to be a short-term let (STL) control area.

The consultation was approved by the planning committee on 11 August. It will run until 5 November.

The plans would mean that all residential properties that are not an owner’s principle home but are being let as STLs in their totality throughout the local authority area would require approval of a ‘change of use’ to a STL from planning.

Following the consultation, the council will vote on the plans. If they are approved, the Scottish Government will consider the plans.

The consultation can be found on the Edinburgh Council website.


Consultancy appointed on Guernsey Airport masterplan

Infrastructure consultancy AECOM has been appointed to deliver a new masterplan for Guernsey Airport.

The masterplan would shape business priorities and investment over the next 15 years.

Key priorities will be to consider ways to increase non-aeronautical revenue and improve passenger experience.

Additionally, AECOM will look at how Guernsey Airport, which is owned and operated by Guernsey Ports, can maximise land and property values through new commercial opportunities as well as improvements to the existing terminal building.

Image credit | Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and FM Group