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Encouraging public response to AECC redevelopment plans

22/08/14

Second phase of public consultations set for September

People living and working in the Aberdeen city region are to be given another opportunity to share their views on proposals for a new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Henry Boot Developments – Aberdeen City Council's development partner for the project – is gearing up for the second round of public consultation events on plans for a new exhibition centre at Bucksburn and the redevelopment of the current AECC site at Bridge of Don.

The proposed multi-use arena will aim to be the most sustainable building of its type in the UK. The 150 acre Bucksburn site is large enough to accommodate the new AECC, hotels, leisure and office accommodation, as well as significant public open space and car parking.

A mixed-use development which includes residential and commercial uses, including affordable housing, is proposed for the Bridge of Don site.

More than 1,000 people took part in the first phase of public consultation, which included three days of public exhibitions in the city, displays at the AECC and Marischal College, and meetings with key stakeholders.

The majority of respondents voiced support for the development of the new AECC and the range of uses proposed for the Bucksburn site:
?• 72 percent voiced support for the evolving design of the new AECC;
• 70 percent said they agreed with the proposed range of uses for the Bucksburn site;
• 85 percent stated that the Bucksburn site should include more scope for walking, cycling and recreational pursuits.

The response to plans for the redevelopment of the Bridge of Don site was split:
• 45 percent said they agreed with the range of proposed uses for the site, while 45 percent said they disagreed;
• Suggestions made by the public for revised plans for the Bridge of Don site included sports, business and retail facilities, as well as housing and schools.

Henry Boot Developments regional manager Nick Harris said: "We were extremely pleased with the public participation levels at the events held in late May and very much appreciate the efforts people made not just in attending, but also in taking the time to provide feedback on the day, or later via our website or in writing.

"Responses received to date show that people in Aberdeen and the surrounding area have some very clear views about what they want to see developed at the Bucksburn and Bridge of Don sites.

"We have listened carefully to what people have said and we're looking forward to taking our revised plans out to consultation next month. We will be delighted to meet again with those who came along last time round and equally glad to welcome new participants and hear their views on our more detailed plans for both sites."

Council leader Jenny Laing said: "I am very pleased that so many people have taken such an interest in the proposals for a new AECC and for the Bridge of Don site. I would urge everyone who can to take the opportunity to go along to one of the exhibitions, speak to the Henry Boot Developments team, find out more about the updated plans and have their say on them.

"If you can't make it to a staffed event, you can still take part and tell Henry Boot Developments what you think by visiting the consultation exhibition, which will be on display in Marischal College from Monday 15th to Friday 26th September. A comments box will be provided so you can make your views known to the developer there."

The public consultation events are scheduled as follows:
?• Thursday 11th September, 12pm-8pm, Jesmond Centre, Bridge of Don AB22 8UR
• Friday 12th September, 12pm-8pm, Beacon Centre, Bucksburn AB21 9DG
• Saturday 13th September, 12pm-5pm Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill AB10 1FQ
• From Monday 15th - Friday 26th September the display materials will be on display in Marischal College, where comments can be submitted to the developer.

This will be the final opportunity for the public to provide comments to Henry Boot Developments before a planning application is made.

Saturday 27th September 2014 is the final date on which comments can be submitted.

Further information and the opportunity to submit comments online is available via www.aeccevolves.co.uk