High-end homes plans changed in favour of smaller properties at Ury Esate

A developer is preparing to lodge revised plans for housing that will support the development of a historic Aberdeenshire building.

Developer FM Group was previously granted planning permission to build 51 homes on the Ury Estate, near Stonehaven.

Initially, the development was to be a mixture of five to eight-bedroom homes.

The cash from the sale of the houses was to be used to convert the derelict Ury House into a boutique hotel.

The hotel, conference centre and restaurant will be the centrepiece of a multi-million resort, featuring a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, spa and equestrian centre.

But a planning application notice (PAN) has now been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council to build 99 enabling houses. The developer has decided to scale down the size of the houses and increase the number due to the current economic climate.
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A spokeswoman for the FM Group said: “In today’s economic climate, we are seeking to re-balance the type and number of homes to meet current market demand which has changed since our initial planning application.

“The new layout offers a wider choice of homes, including three-four bedroom family villas as well as flats.

“It also features dwellings with new courtyard areas.”

She added: “This has been an opportunity for us to refine and enhance the overall design and layout and we’ve been working closely with the planners to create a development which is in keeping with the overall feel and natural environment of the estate.”

A public exhibition for residents showcasing the plans will take place in the next 12 weeks, once a date has been confirmed with Mackie Academy.

A PAN must be submitted with the local authority at least 12 weeks before a planning application is lodged.

Work is already underway to renovate the B-listed Ury House.

Plans to increase the size of the hotel from five rooms to 35 were rejected by Aberdeenshire Council.