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Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020 - consultation closed

The consultation period for the Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020 is now closed.

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. All representations received will be formally acknowledged.  

We are now undertaking the next stage of the Development Planning process. Officers are in the process of summarising the representations made on the Proposed Local Development Plan. These will be in the form provided by Schedule 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008. Any unresolved issues arising from representations on the Proposed Local Development Plan will be dealt with through an 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”. Please note there will be no further opportunity to elaborate on your representation, unless specifically requested by the Reporter.

We expect at this stage to submit the Proposed LDP, along with the Schedule 4s, to Scottish Ministers before the end of 2020. We will notify all those who have made a representation upon submission. We anticipate receiving a Report of Examination during the Autumn of 2021.

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 – current stage
  • Stage 3: Examination – expected to commence in early 2021
  • Stage 4: Adoption of a new Local Development Plan – expected late 2021

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: