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Blairs College Development, Aberdeenshire

Lower Deeside Championship Course, Banchory-Devenick, Northeast Scotland

Blairs College Resort

Aberdeenshire Council has supported Muir Group’s plans for a £115m resort and housing at Blairs College, Lower Deeside, close to Aberdeen.

Blairs College Golf Course + Housing

Plans include a championship course – designed by former Open winner Paul Lawrie – a hotel & conference centre in the listed former Catholic seminary, and 280 homes.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee supported the plan but rules introduced just two weeks ago (following the controversy re Donald Trump’s ‘best golf course in the world’ proposals) mean the plans will now be referred to the council’s infrastructure services committee, then to full council, and finally to the Scottish Government.

St Mary’s College, Blairs, is located near Aberdeen in Scotland, was from 1829 to 1986 a junior seminary for boys and young men studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood. Part of the former college now houses Blairs Museum, the museum of Scotland’s Catholic heritage. The New Chapel is a Category A listed building, with the other buildings listed as Category B.

Lying on the south bank of the River Dee, between Kirkton of Maryculter and Aberdeen, the land on which the seminary was built was originally owned by the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, before passing to the Menzies family in 1542.

As well as the Blairs Museum, the site also hosts the Blairs Library, a collection of 27,000 books concerning Scottish Catholic history. In 2012, it was proposed that the collection be moved to Aberdeen University Library. In 2012, the site was also proposed by Muir Homes to be made into a housing development.

The college closed in 1986, but the chapel continues to be used as a place of worship.

Location: Blairs College, Northeast Scotland, UK, north western Europe

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