Local Development Plan drop in session

Want to know more about Aberdeenshire’s Proposed Local Development Plan or make your views known?

Following the publication of Aberdeenshire’s Proposed Local Development Plan, a series of drop-in events is being held in local communities.

Anyone with an interest can come along, find out more about the Proposed Plan and learn how to make any comments they would like to be taken into consideration.

The Proposed Plan was published on March 27 and guides where development will and will not be allowed in the period between 2016 and 2021.

It represents the “settled view” of Aberdeenshire Council and also identifies the policies to be used when making decisions on planning applications.

Until May 8, communities, developers and other interested parties have a chance to have their say.

The draft plan includes detailed statements for each of the main towns and villages in the area.

These present a vision for the locality, identifying land which should be protected from development and the expected location and expectations for new development.

On April 14 the council’s Planning Policy team begins a series of “drop in” sessions where interested individuals can get clarification on what the plan means for them.

Initial drop-in sessions will take place on Wednesday April 15 at Stonehaven Town Hall from 1-7pm.

Upcoming locations for drop-in events includes Laurencekirk.

Head of Service for Planning and Building Standards, Robert Gray, said: “We are delighted to make ourselves available across Aberdeenshire to answer questions and help people make their views known.

“Staff will be on-hand to answer any questions and assist people in making submissions to the proposed plan.

“Submissions will be assessed and then presented to a Scottish Government-appointed reporter to determine their merits.

“We are very pleased with the proposed plan, which has been a huge piece of work for my policy planning team. We think we have adequately captured the main planning issues affecting Aberdeenshire and the plan will be an appropriate response to both the needs of communities and of developers.”

Issues within the initial four towns being visited are likely focus on regeneration and achieving appropriate levels of development.

In Stonehaven it is likely discussion will continue to focus on how to deliver a major supermarket in the town.

“Whatever the issues, my staff will do their best to answer any queries and help attendees to make concise and meaningful representations to the proposed plan,” added Mr Gray.