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Aberdeenshire’s Local Development Plan timetable wins approval

A timetable for the preparation of Aberdeenshire’s next planning blueprint over the coming year was approved by councillors last Thursday.

Members of the Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) approved the latest Local Development Plan Scheme at a meeting in Aberdeen.

It sets out the work taking place this year to prepare the next incarnation of the plan, which will guide planning decisions in the area from 2017 to 2023.

ISC chair, Peter Argyle, said: “It sets out the timetable for the production of the ‘Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Plan 2016’,”

“This allows communities and other stakeholders plenty of time to organise and plan activities to scrutinise the proposed plan and come to a view on whether to submit formal objections.”

The plan sets out a framework for where new houses and businesses can be built.

Aberdeenshire Council produces an LDP at least every five years, with the current plan approved for the period 2012 to 2017.

The next plan is intended to be the settled view of Aberdeenshire Council as to where development should take place and is subject to a public examination by Scottish Ministers.

The LDP 2016 will also give a strong guide to where development should occur in the period beyond 2023.

The council received over 1800 responses to a consultation on the “Main Issues Report”, which highlighted areas where the current plan could change.

The Development Plan Scheme will be prepared for publication and placed on the council’s website immediately. www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/process.asp

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