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Council seeks views on future city development

15/01/14

Aberdeen City Council is set to ask local people, developers and key agencies to comment on proposals for the future development of the city.

Proposed options for meeting the future needs of the city are laid out in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (ALDP) Main Issues Report, which has been put out for public consultation. The compilation of the Report is the first stage in producing a revised Local Development Plan.

The draft Main Issues Report summarises a number of broad themes which emerged during the pre-main issues consultation phase: Union Street.
• City centre and retailing;
• Transport and infrastructure;
• Business and industry;
• Housing and community;
• Design and the built environment;
• Natural environment;
• Resources

The Main Issues Report has two core sections – the Spatial Strategy and the Main Issues. The Spatial Strategy looks at the substantial housing and employment land allowances from the Proposed Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan and translates it into land allocations. These have been effectively carried over from the 2009 Structure Plan and were identified in the 2012 Aberdeen Local Development Plan – more than 20,000 houses on greenfield sites, 4,500 houses on brownfield sites and over 175 hectares of business land which are needed over the next 20 years. The greenfield allowances for both housing and employment land which the next ALDP has to identify remains unchanged.

The brownfield and other proposals which have emerged and which may merit inclusion in the next ALDP include:
•Craiginches Prison – opportunity site for development;
•Grove Nursery – nursery and ancillary facilities in association with a social enterprise;
•Raiths Transport Interchange – employment uses on the unused part of the site;
•Charlie's House, Woodend Hospital West – specialist care centre for children.

Other proposals detailed elsewhere in the Main Issues Report include:
• Retail – proposals in the city centre and for expansion areas at Grandhome, Newhills and West Aberdeen/Countesswells;
• New schools proposals; Schools.
• Transportation proposals;
• Aberdeen Harbour expansion;
• Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre;
• Ness Solar Farm.


Councillor Ramsay Milne, Planning Development Management convener said: "The preparation of the Main Issues Report is a key part of creating the next Aberdeen Local Development Plan. The Report has been compiled by officers who have carried out a significant level of engagement with communities across Aberdeen, including hundreds of school pupils who will themselves shape the future of this city.

"I would encourage anyone with an interest in Aberdeen's future to get involved in the consultation process for the Main Issues Report and to make their views known."

The public consultation period will run until 24 March. The Development Plan Team will be carrying out a number of consultation events during this period at:
•Bucksburn Library on Monday, 27 January from 3pm until 7pm;
•Kingswells Community Centre on Tuesday, 28 January, from 3pm until 8pm;
•Scotstown Library on Wednesday, 29 January, from 3pm until 7pm;
•Central Library on Monday, 03 February, from 3pm until 8pm;
•Altens Community Centre on Wednesday, 05 February from 3pm until 7pm;
•Cults Sports Centre on Thursday, 06 February from 3pm until 8pm.

The team will also have information stalls on the first floor of the Bon Accord Centre on Thursday, 23 January between 12pm and 8pm, and on the first floor of Union Square on Saturday, 25 January from 9am until 8pm.

The Main Issues Report can be viewed online at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan. Hard copies are available to view at Marischal College.

It is anticipated that the Proposed Aberdeen Local Development Plan will be published early next year.