Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2021 - Call for Sites

Between 3rd January 2018 and 31st March 2018, Aberdeenshire Council is inviting applications from anyone who would like to apply to have land allocated for housing, business or mixed use development within the next Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan (LDP) for the period 2021 to 2031 and beyond. These sites could include land for new homes, businesses, or community facilities.

This is the first formal stage of developing the next LDP, known as a 'Call for Sites'. It allows landowners and prospective developers to put forward, for consideration, sites for which they have an aspiration to develop, or sites that are currently allocated but may not become effective by 2021 (such as consent will have lapsed or construction will not be started).

All sites should be submitted using 'Call for Sites' response form. You can request this form from 3rd January by emailing ldp@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or by phoning 01467 536230.

In order for the bids to be fully assessed, it is crucial that the questions in the form are answered fully and concisely with clear evidence of deliverability. In the instance that parts of the form cannot be completed, a reason for the omission(s) must be provided. 

The 'Call for Sites' response form includes a number of links to websites to assist in its completion. Further advice will be provided along with the form when the ‘Call for Sites’ is issued

All submissions must be accompanied by an Ordnance Survey 'Landline' map to identify the location of the site, and should be emailed to ldp@aberdeenshire.gov.uk no later than 31st March 2018. Alternatively, they can be returned by post to Planning Policy, Infrastructure Services, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB.

The outcome of each bid will be set out in the Main Issues Report after summer 2018. The timetable for the production of the LDP is set out in the Development Plan Scheme.

Bid preparation

Guidance for bid preparation:

  • Proposers are encouraged to engage with the local community prior to submitting their bid
  • Appropriate consideration must be given to the viability and subsequent deliverability of the proposal
  • In all but exceptional cases, housing sites are expected to provide no less than 25% affordable housing
  • Open space obligations are likely to be maintained at 40%
  • Other developer contributions towards infrastructure will be required
  • There may also be costs specific to the site, such as contamination remediation or drainage issues; formal investigations do not need to be carried out at this stage, but the likely associated costs should be considered and discounted from the likely end-value of the site

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