Local Development Plan 2021

Over the course of the next few years the council will be developing a new Local Development Plan (LDP). Once in every 5 years the council is required to publish a new plan for the area, excluding the Cairngorms National Park. This is to inform and advise developers and communities on the principles that built development should follow and where it should be located.

The Local Development Plan has to take into account the National Planning Framework, and be consistent with the proposed Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan.

Every year, in January, we publish a Development Plan Scheme which sets out the programme for the delivery of the Local Development Plan.

The new LDP will be delivered in 2021 based on the current legislation however the Scottish Government is currently engaged in a review of the planning system. This will result in new legislation. However we don't anticipate the current local development planning process will change. 

Preparation of the plan

There are 4 stages of the local development planning process. Each stage has substantial information produced to justify council's position. Watch Local Development Plan process video to find out how our local development plan is produced.

Stage 1 

The Main Issues Report and Draft Proposed Local Development Plan were published on 14th January 2019 and were subject to public consultation until 8th April 2019. The consultation is now closed. Over 1200 representations were received. A copy of the documents that we published is available on the Main Issues Report page.

Stage 2 - current stage

Officers are now in the process of assessing the submissions from the Main Issues Report consultation to help us prepare a proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan. The proposed plan is likely to be published in late 2019. Area committees and the Infrastructure Services committee will have the opportunity to review the issues that the plan seeks to resolve. Then a proposed Local Development Plan will be presented at the full council meeting for approval as the settled will of the council. View the summary of information being presented to committees.

Stage 3

We have to collect submissions to this proposed plan and deliver them to Scottish Government Ministers. The ministers are likely to appoint a member of their staff (a reporter) from the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) to conduct a public examination of any objections. The decision to undertake an examination will probably take place in mid 2020.

Stage 4

After the examination and the reporter's conclusion on any objections received, the council needs to consider the DPEA recommendations. The finalised Local Development Plan that we wish to adopt is then proposed to Scottish Ministers. This is likely to be in 2021.

Updates on progress

You can stay up to date by viewing our regular newsletters on the Local Development Plan progress. You can also subscribe to LDP email updates by sending us an email. View LDP email subscription privacy notice (pdf 83.2KB).

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