• Jack Nicklaus' £80m Stonehaven resort hits more problems
• Due to developers no longer needing to contribute to a fund
• It means FM Group aren't liable for payments to the council
Jack Nicklaus’ proposed £80m development in Aberdeenshire could be axed – despite having already been approved by councillors.
Plans for the Ury Estate resort near Stonehaven – which will contain a championship golf course, clubhouse, hotel and 90 five-bedroom homes – was given the green light in May after councillors voted 45 to 20 in favour.
That followed a dispute about the course being built on an area of ancient woodland, forcing Jack Nicklaus to quell fears about its environmental impact.
But now, the development has hit another problem and been thrown into doubt after a court ruling found that developers – FM Group – no longer need to contribute to a fund covering infrastructure changes.
It relates to a Court of Session ruling, which found in favour of developers Elsick Development, who questioned their financial obligations for infrastructure changes at a project in nearby Elsick.
Instead of an £8m developer contribution demand, the Court of Session judges reduced the bill to just £287,000.
It means that FM Group are no longer liable for payments to the council's transport fund.
According to the Press and Journal, members are now being advised to ‘consider whether they still wish to support a delegated grant’ of planning permission as developer the FM Group would not be forced to contribute to the transport fund.
Councillors will reconsider the plans at a full council meeting on September 29.
bunkered.co.uk tried to contact FM Group but they declined to comment due to it being a council issue.
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