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Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020 consultation

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.

We are consulting on the Proposed Local Development Plan between 25th May and 17th July 2020. During this time formal representations, or responses, on content of the Proposed Local Development Plan can be accepted. Consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment – Environmental Report of the Proposed Local Development Plan is also taking place during this period.

On this page you can view the Proposed Local Development Plan, download a response form, and view a range of material available to assist in the understanding of the plan-making process and the individual policies and proposals outlined in the proposed plan. During the consultation period we will promote the consultation via Twitter and Facebook. We will also be issuing regular newsletter updates.

In light of emergency legislation, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 passed in early April 2020 and guidance from the Chief Planner, during the consultation we will engage with stakeholders, including community councils, by electronic means. It will not be possible to inspect the Proposed Local Development Plan in public libraries or at council Planning offices. The Proposed Local Development Plan can only be viewed online.


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 will not be possible to hold these events.

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

The 360 degrees virtual drop-in contains all the information that would usually be available at an event held in a village hall. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox browser to view the virtual drop-in.


How to respond

Find out how to submit a representation and make your views known.


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:

  • Telephone: 01467 536230
  • Email: ldp@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
  • Chat with us: Use the 'Chat now' function in the virtual drop-in to speak directly to a Planning Officer (please note that this function is only available between hours of 09:00 and 17:00 but you can still submit questions outwith these hours and an officer will get back to you)