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Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020 - Examination

On 5th March 2020, the Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020 was agreed as the settled view of the council.

The Proposed Local Development Plan (PLDP) sets out the proposed policies that would be used to assess planning applications and identifies development opportunities across Aberdeenshire for the period to 2031.

Consultation on the Proposed Local Development Plan and the Strategic Environmental Assessment is now closed.

Officers have completed the summaries (known as Schedule 4s) of the representations made on the Proposed Local Development Plan. Nearly 1,400 representations were received. In March 2021, the Proposed Local Development Plan along with the Schedule 4s were submitted to the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) for examination. Any unresolved issues arising from representations on the Proposed Local Development Plan will be dealt with through the Examination, which is intended as the principal means of independently examining such matters which will conclude with a set of recommendations being published in a “Report of Examination”. We anticipate receiving a Report of Examination in late 2021. Please note there will be no further opportunity to elaborate on your representation, unless specifically requested by the Reporter.

Any non-notifiable modifications to the Proposed Plan (i.e. minor modifications such as minor wording or typographical changes) have been included in an amended version of Proposed Plan.

On this page you can still view the Proposed Local Development Plan and view a range of material made available to assist in the understanding of the plan-making process and the individual policies and proposals outlined in the proposed plan.


Plan-making process

Our programme for preparing the next Local Development Plan is set out in a Development Plan Scheme.

Key stages:

  • Stage 1: Publication and consultation on a Main Issues Report – stage completed
  • Stage 2: Publication and consultation on a Proposed Local Development Plan –  stage completed
  • Stage 3: Examination – current stage
  • Stage 4: Adoption of a new Local Development Plan – expected late 2021/ early 2022

Examination 2021

The representations received on the Proposed Local Development Plan 2020 will be available to view in due course.


Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020

View the Proposed Local Development Plan and supporting documents.

An interactive online Proposed Local Development Plan is also available.

There are a number of resources available for communities to assist community councils and members of the public to understand the Proposed Local Development Plan.


Short films

We have produced short films about the proposed plan and the consultation process.


Virtual drop-in

During the plan-making process, officers would usually engage face-to-face with members of the public through drop-in events, usually held in public halls. However, given restrictions associated with COVID-19, it was not possible to hold these events.

Instead, we offered opportunity for statutory consultees and members of the public to continue to engage via the drop-in format. As such a 'virtual drop-in' was created.

The 360 degrees virtual drop-in is still available to view for reference only.

We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox browser to view the virtual drop-in.


Contact us

If you need further advice or wish to discuss any of the policies and proposals outlined in the Proposed Local Development Plan, there are several ways to contact the Planning Policy Team: