Aberdeen Local Development Plan review begins

A review of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (ALDP), which provides a blue print for the future development of the city, is underway.

The Plan is a vital public document which influences significant public and private investment in homes, businesses, shops, infrastructure, and facilities in the city.

The existing Plan was adopted in February 2012 and was the first in Scotland to be adopted under new planning legislation. Local development plans must be updated at least every five years and so council officers are again setting about the enormous task of consulting on the future of the city and drawing up a new Plan.

The work, which will take a number of years to complete, will be carried out in tandem with the creation of a new Strategic Development Plan for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

The first part of the process will be the drawing up of the Main Issues Report, which will be the primary focus for stakeholder and other stakeholder engagement during the Local Development Plan process.

Beginning next week, a series of workshops will take place around the city to inform communities of the process involved in reviewing the Aberdeen Local Development Plan and to gather views on the main planning issues the next ALDP should concentrate on. The workshops are open to all. Formal consultation events will late place later.

Development Management Sub-committee convener Councillor Ramsay Milne said: “I hope that the public will take the opportunity to participate in the continuing consultation exercise, which starts with the workshops. It is a real opportunity to influence council thinking.”

The first workshop will be held at Kingswells Community Centre on Monday [15 April] from 7pm to 9pm. The others will take place as follows:
Bucksburn Academy – Wednesday, 17 April from 7pm to 9pm;
Marischal College – Thursday, 18 April – drop in session from 12pm to 5.30pm and workshop from 7pm to 9pm;
Cults Academy – Monday, 22 April from 7pm to 9pm;
Northfield Academy – Tuesday, 23 April from 7pm to 9pm;
Hazlehead Academy – Wednesday, 24 April from 7pm to 9pm;
Altens Community Centre – Thursday, 25 April from 7pm to 9pm;
Bridge of Don Academy – Monday, 29 April from 7pm to 9pm.

The Main Issues report will set out general proposals for development in the city, outlining where development should and should not occur. It will set out what development should seek to achieve, including environmental sustainability, support for local communities and the promotion of economic growth; and contain one or more reasonable alternative sets of proposals.

It is anticipated that the Main Issues Report will be published in January 2014.

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