Shire plan now open for comment

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  • Event in Banchory Town Hall on April 28
  • Plan’s theme is “Shaping Aberdeenshire”
  • Plan will govern future planning permission decisions

Deeside and Donside residents can have their say on Aberdeenshire’s Proposed Local Development Plan until the deadline of May 8.

The plan represents the “settled view” of Aberdeenshire Council and identifies sites for development and the policies to be used when making decisions on planning applications.

For the next six weeks, communities, developers and other interested parties can take part in the public comment period.

A series of drop-in events will be held across the area and a dedicated online portal has been set up to allow residents to take part easily.

Members of the community can come along and speak to planners and find out more about future development in their area.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Planning and Building Standards, Robert Gray, said: “You may ask where and when more houses or businesses will be built in your area and whether the vision for your area is right for your community.

I’d encourage anyone with an interest to come along.

Robert Gray

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest to come along to our sessions, discuss the proposed local development plan with the policy team and find out how to make their views known, or see the extensive information we’ve posted online.”

The plan will ultimately govern what will and will not be granted planning permission in the future.

The format of the proposed plan is different from the current Local Development Plan, with much more detail contained in the plan rather than in its associated supplementary guidance.

The proposed plan uses the theme of “Shaping Aberdeenshire” and contains the vision Aberdeenshire Council is promoting for its six administrative areas.

Detailed policies cover topics including “Shaping business development”, “Shaping development in the countryside” and “Shaping places”.

Representations from the consultation that cannot be resolved will be submitted to a Local Development Plan Examination, presided over by an independent Scottish Government-appointed Reporter.

Drop-in events begin on April 14 - visit http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/Dropinevents.asp for a list of venues.

To take part in the consultation, visit http://bit.ly/19UHgvx.