Consultation closes on City and Shire report

Consultation on the future development of the Aberdeen City and Shire region closes today (Friday).

The views of citizens, businesses and community groups are being sought on a new Main Issues Report, which suggests updates to the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan 2009 to address the difficult economic times and to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

Publication and consultation on the Main Issues Report is a key part of the process to replace the 2009 Structure Plan with a new Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan to guide development up to 2035, which will be submitted to Scottish Ministers in 2013.

People have been submitting responses to the Main Issues Report since it was published in October, with more than 1,200 people accessing the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority’s website since the start of the consultation.

The discussion document recognises the robust and resilient nature of the North-east economy over recent years and highlights the importance locally and nationally of supporting this. Transport and digital connectivity are pinpointed as critical to enhancing growth locally, as well as continuing to create opportunities for businesses and households to move to the area.

The consultation suggests that we continue to plan for high levels of growth and that the focus should remain on creating sustainable mixed communities.

The delivery of much-needed affordable housing has become more challenging over recent years - and the Main Issues Report identifies a growing need for such housing and the importance of creative solutions to ensure we meet as much of that need as possible within the significant financial constraints which exist.

Managing our resources more efficiently will also be vital over the next 20 years to both economic success and to tackling the environmental challenges we face.

We currently waste significant quantities of energy and water, while disposing of our waste in landfill sites is also damaging.