Local Development Plan timetable set

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

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.

Speaking after the meeting, ISC chairman Peter Argyle said this edition of the Development Plan Scheme is particularly important.

“It sets out the timetable for the production of the ‘Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Plan 2016’,” he explained.

“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 Local Development Plan (LDP) 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 LDP 2016 will set out where development can take place from 2017 to 2023, and will also give a strong guide to where development should occur in the period beyond this.

Significant consultation has already taken place as the next plan is produced. The Council received over 1,800 responses to a consultation on the “Main Issues Report”, which highlighted areas where the current plan could change.

The council will be considering the representations over the course of the next four months before instructing officers as to what should be contained in the Proposed Local Development Plan.

Meetings of area committees in May and June will provide a clear indication of the content before it is considered for approval by the full council in November.