Green light for £80m Jack Nicklaus golf course

Ury Estate golfPlans for a £80 million golf course development in Aberdeenshire backed by American golfer Jack Nicklaus have been approved by councillors.

FM Group’s Ury Estate development, near Stonehaven, will see a “world class” golf course, designed by golfing legend Nicklaus, as well as a clubhouse, hotel and 90 luxury homes.

Aberdeenshire Council approved the plans, despite concerns being raised about the loss of ancient woodland due to the project.

Woodland Trust Scotland said the loss of several hectares of woodland, and hundreds of trees, would be one of the largest it had recorded.

The Forestry Commission had also raised concerns as approximately half of the proposed houses and four holes of the golf course will erode a large area of the long established ancient woodland.

But local councillors believe the development will bring visitors flocking to Stonehaven. An independent report concluded that the golf course and housing development will inject £55.5m into the Aberdeenshire economy over a 15-year period and create 200 new jobs.

Following the approval, Jack Nicklaus said: “We are delighted. We look forward to creating a great golf course for Ury Estate.”

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