Consultation begins this week on the first stage in preparation of one of the most important planning documents for Aberdeenshire.
The Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2016 will be a planning blueprint for the future of the area.
It will include policies and proposals to determine where new development such as housing and offices will be carried out from 2017 until 2027.
Residents, developers and anyone else with an interest is now able to comment and give views on a Main Issues Report.
This is designed to encourage discussion and debate on which policy and development options should be included in the Proposed Local Development Plan, which will be produced for further consultation in autumn 2014.
There will be a series of 42 consultation events around Aberdeenshire at which planners will be present.
There will be discussion of the development plan process, what response is necessary to resolve “main issues” and information on how to comment.
The council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) recently authorised publication of the Main Issues Report and the public consultation.
The formal consultation process started on Monday of this week and will end on January 31, 2014.
The Main Issues Report is available on the council’s website. (http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/MainIssuesReport2013.asp)
The document has been prepared to make it more accessible and planners want as much feedback as possible.
feedback form is available online.
ISC chairman, Peter Argyle, urged people to get involved and said: “The council will listen to what people have to say and take it into account in the formation of the next planning blueprint for the area, the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2016.
“Just because 17 main issues have been identified, that doesn’t mean other issues can’t be raised as well – we want this to be a document which reflects the views of local communities.”
ISC vice-chair, Alan S. Buchan, said: “The Main Issues report is a key part in the consultation on the next Local Development Plan.
‘‘This also represents the main opportunity available to influence the content of the proposed plan.
“We want to hear views from local people about the issues important to them, as this will help us to form the Proposed Local Development Plan next year.”
The first meeting is in Lumsden this week, followed by meetings in Inverurie, Portsoy, Stonehaven, Kintore, Portlethen, Tarves, Balmedie and Macduff next week.
More information at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ldp