Councillors to consider planning blueprint

Councillors will be asked to approve the next stage of the 2016 Aberdeenshire local plan next week.

Extensive consultation with community groups, other stakeholders and councillors has already begun in the development of the latest planning blueprint for the area.

The four-year project will lead to the creation of a new Local Development Plan setting a framework for development of land in the area from 2016-2021 and beyond.

The current plan was adopted in July, 2012, and provides detailed information up to 2016. Development of the next plan involves three key stages of consultation.

The main focus for 2013 has been informal engagement with community and stakeholder groups.

This has resulted in the ‘Main Issues Report’, which identifies 18 areas, including looking at support for town centres and how to deliver housing for people on modest incomes.

It also focuses on some communities, asking whether an out-of-centre retail facility should be provided in Ellon, and how to promote regeneration in Banff and Buchan.

Members of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee will be asked to approve publication of the report at their meeting in Aberdeen on Thursday.