Strategic Development Plan 2020

The Strategic Development Plan sets the strategic framework for investment in jobs, homes and infrastructure. It has been prepared by the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority on behalf of Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. It covers the local authority areas of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, except that part of Aberdeenshire which is within the Cairngorms National Park. The area covered by this plan is referred to throughout as the ‘City Region’.

The plan tells the story of where and how we want our region to grow, drawing on our historical roots and using our skills and expertise to continue sustainable economic growth well into the future.

It is a statutory planning document which is prepared at a City Region level. This Plan is one of four Strategic Development Plans across Scotland and covers a twenty-year period to 2040.

The plan aims to be concise and visionary, and targets what we want to change. It does this by focusing on issues which are nationally or regionally important, or which can be best dealt with by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils working together.

The plan has been written in the context of national strategies, policy and guidance from the Scottish Government, and should be read as a whole document rather than as individual sections.

The Strategic Development Plan will be used to inform Local Development Plans prepared by both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, and these plans will cover a wider range of local planning issues in more detail.

The Strategic Development Plan 2020 plan was approved by the Scottish Ministers on 12th August 2020. It builds on the previous Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan 2014 and replaces it with immediate effect. The new plan is also consistent with the Scottish Government's aspirations for the development of Scotland as set out in National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy.

Approval by Scottish Ministers keeps the strategic part of the Development Plan up-to-date, in line with Scottish Government targets.