Regeneration in Aberdeenshire

In Scotland, local authorities like Aberdeenshire Council have responsibility for Local Regeneration. The Scottish Government defines regeneration as “the holistic process of reversing the economic, physical and social decline of places where market forces alone won’t suffice.” 

In March 2016, Aberdeenshire Council approved a new regeneration strategy:“From Strategy to Action: Developing Excellence in our North Coast Communities” which focuses on our four northern towns of Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Local partnerships

Local partnerships have been established in each of the four towns consisting of local business and community representatives. This is to allow each partnership to set out the vision for regeneration within their own town. Each of the partnership have developed their own vision and action plan. 

Banff vision statement

Banff is a connected, prosperous destination, where businesses are developed and its coastal location on the Moray Firth is maximised. Cultural and heritage assets are enriched, to create an attractive townscape and so people are inspired to become the best they can be. 

The action themes are:

  • Diverse economy
  • Infrastructure and connectivity
  • People and community

View our Banff regeneration documents:

Read the notes of meeting:

Find out more about Banff and Macduff: Focusing on the Future on Facebook. 

Macduff vision statement

With genuine maritime past, present and future, Macduff is a thriving town where hard work is rewarded by excellent social and community opportunities. Where there is strong civic pride in a distinctive townscape and an ethical society focused on benefitting all. Where the young are supported to make tomorrow's history and where life is evolving with new ideas and business openings.

The action themes are:

  • Place development - destination Macduff
  • Community well-being and quality of life
  • Diverse and forward facing economy

View our Macduff regeneration documents:

Read the notes of meeting:

Find out more about Banff and Macduff: Focusing on the Future on Facebook. 

Fraserburgh vision statement

Fraserburgh is vibrant and open for business, a town which looks outward whilst also caring for its community. Deserving of a reputation for excellence as one of the UK’s finest maritime towns, with a distinctive public realm of the highest quality, retaining a memory of place whilst creating new places to draw on the legacy of earlier generations. A town which places inclusion and enterprise at the heart of everything it does, developing an innovative and creative culture that empowers people. 

The action themes are:

  • The economy
  • The environment
  • People, communities, health and well-being

View our Fraserburgh regeneration documents:

Read the notes of meeting:

Find out more about Fraserburgh2021 on Facebook

Peterhead vision statement

Peterhead is the vibrant economic heart for the Buchan communities and reaches out to the world through its maritime industry, enterprise, ambition, culture and its communities.

Peterhead’s town centre has been rediscovered with improved facilities including a diverse quality family friendly shopping/leisure experience and evening economy with interesting cultural events. 

The distinct communities in Peterhead work together to celebrate differences with renewed civic confidence and pride of place. This is an independent, energised, committed and supportive community town. 

The action themes are:

  • Local economy - Peterhead open to the world
  • Integrating the communities
  • Connecting reinforcing and rediscovering Peterhead’s town centre

View our Peterhead regeneration documents:

Read Peterhead development partnership – notes of meeting 27 June 2017 (pdf 191KB).

For more information visit Choose Peterhead website

Property investment fund

The aim of the property Investment Fund is to bring prominent, redundant, town centre properties back into use through grant support. Applications are open to individuals, community groups or businesses who own or wish to invest in property to bring new, sustainable uses to Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

View our property investment fund leaflet (pdf 2.16MB).

Business Improvment Districts (BIDs)

Aberdeenshire Council agreed to support the BIDs process at the Infrastructure Service committee on the 15th May 2014. A BID involves businesses working together and investing collectively in local improvements in addition to those delivered by the council. A BID gives businesses a voice in the future direction and development of their own business environment and generates financial resources through a combination of additional levy, voluntary contributions and external funding. This financial resource allows additional projects and services to be determined through business consultation and allows them to be delivered through the private company of the BID by local business and partners. View the Aberdeenshire guide to BIDs (pdf 102KB).

The council are currently working with two Business Improvement Districts to develop BIDs in both Inverurie and Peterhead. More information can be found on the we are Inverurie and Rediscover Peterhead websites. 

If you have a query regarding BIDs in Aberdeenshire or would like further information please contact the Strategic Town Centre Executive

Town Centre First Principle

The council recognises that town centres have an important role to play in the sustainable development of local economies. The revitalisation through the Regeneration Strategy in the four northerly towns and continuation to support our vibrant towns throughout the rest of Aberdeenshire remains a priority. Town centres are a common denominator within delivery of our services and they are the heart of our communities, forming a key component of the intensity of civic pride. They can act as a hub for various activities, offering spaces to meet and interact, with access to a range of facilities and services.  They are still very much a base for many small businesses and jobs and offer a variety of visitor attractions. 

When invited to sign up to the Town Centre First Principle in 2015, following an invite from the Scottish Government and COSLA to all Local Authorities, third sector organisations and Community Planning Partners asking that an approach be adopted to allow all decisions that considers the vibrancy of town centres as a starting point, asking that the health of town centres features in the decision making processes. A decision was made for Aberdeenshire Council to lead the way, to take the principle above and beyond the Town Centre First Planning Policy allowing open and transparent decision making, taking into account the short, medium and longer term impacts our decisions can have on town centres and the communities they serve. The Town Centre First Principle was approved as a policy at the Infrastructure Services committee in December 2016 and plans are underway to roll out the policy through all decision making officers in all services at Aberdeenshire Council.  View the Town Centre First Principle Policy (pdf 49.9KB)

To find out more about about our Town Centre Policy please email TCFIA@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Bridge Street and Deveronside regeneration options appraisal

An options appraisal has been undertaken for the Bridge Street, Old Market Place and Deveronside areas of Banff by an independent consultant to assess the opportunities for redevelopment. The options appraisal was endorsed by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee on the 21 March 2017 and we will be looking at how a number of the recommended actions can be taken forward. 

The Bridge Street and Deveronside options appraisal report is available to download:

Contacts

Peterhead Town Centre Project Officer
Heather Barclay
Email: heather.barclay@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Fraserburgh Regeneration Officer
Gillian Bain
Email: gillian.bain@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Banff and Macduff Town Centre Project Officer
Naomi Mason 
Email: naomi.mason@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Strategic Town Centres Executive
Audrey Michie
Email: audrey.michie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Regeneration and Town Centres Manager
Christine Webster
Email: christine.webster@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Strategic Regeneration Executive
Alastair Rhind
Email: alastair.rhind@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Regeneration Executive (Property)
Elaine McCarron 
Email: elaine.mccarron@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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