Examination of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan

Examination Report

Aberdeenshire Council has now received the Report of Examination for the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan from the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals.

You can view the Report of Examination using the link below. Please note that if you are intending to download or print the report it is large document and you may wish to refer to the contents page to identify the issues of interest to you.

A revised report of examination was issued by the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals on 28 March 2012 to correct some typographical errors and consequential changes to the text of Issue 12: Housing Land Supply. A copy of the revised report is available below along with the cover letter which highlights the changes made.



The report is also available to view at the following Council offices and at all Aberdeenshire Council Libraries:

  • Headquarters, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen
  • Banff and Buchan Area Office, St Leonard's, Sandyhill Road, Banff
  • Buchan Area Office, Arbuthnot House, 62 Broad Street, Peterhead
  • Formartine Area Office, 29 Bridge Street, Ellon
  • Garioch Area Office, Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie
  • Kincardine and Mearns Area Office, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven
  • Marr Area Office, School Road, Alford


Next Stages

The DPEA will notify all parties who submitted unresolved represenations to the Local Development Plan that the report has now been published.

Aberdeenshire Council will consider the conclusions and recommendations within the Examination Report and make the requested modifications to the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan. However there are limited circumstances where the Council may decline to make these modifications, set out in Section 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 and in the Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

Recommendations made in the report of examination will go to the area committees of Aberdeenshire Council:

  • Tuesday 20th March 2012 - Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, Formartine Area Committee and Buchan Area Committee
  • Tuesday 27th March 2012 - Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Garioch Area Committee and Marr Area Committee

Thereafter a meeting of the Full Aberdeenshire Council will be asked to give its notice of its intention to adopt the Plan at its meeting on the 26th April 2012.


Examination Information

Information on the examination will be retained on the website for a period of six weeks following the adoption of the local development plan. Information and examination documents can be found below: