Policy - Other Information

Town Centre Health Checks

Town Centre Health Checks are done to analyse the factors that contribute to successful town centres and show good standards of vitality and viability. The reports present the results of the Town Centre Health Checks to enable an understanding of the vitality and viability of the town centre. The results are not definitive of the well-being of a town centre, but instead they give an evidence-based comparative perspective on this matter and help in identifying actions that could be taken to improve and maintain their status.

Town Centre Health Checks are done annually for the 9 main towns in Aberdeenshire (including Macduff as the other regeneration town):

  • Banchory
  • Banff
  • Ellon
  • Fraserburgh
  • Huntly
  • Inverurie
  • Peterhead
  • Stonehaven
  • Turriff

Town Centre Health Checks were completed in 2022 for 8 additional academy towns. The checks for these towns are done every two years:

  • Aboyne
  • Alford
  • Kemnay
  • Laurencekirk
  • Mintlaw
  • Oldmeldrum
  • Portlethen
  • Westhill

View completed health checks:

Parks and Open Spaces Strategy

Following a stakeholder and wider public consultation on the Strategy in March and April 2010, and its discussion at the six Area Committees in October and November 2010, the Infrastructure Services Committee approved the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy on 27 January 2011.

View settlement summaries.

View Parks and Open Spaces Strategy (January 2011) (PDF 182KB).

Westhill Capacity Study Update 2014

The Westhill Capacity Study was originally prepared in 2008 and has been subject to a 2014 update. The update carries the same status as the original Capacity Study in that it will not itself become part of the Development Plan for Aberdeenshire, but will become part of the body of knowledge from which any future Development Plans will be informed. Effectively, its purpose is to illustrate capacity rather than to indicate commitment.

View Westhill Capacity Study update (PDF 9.6MB).