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Planners to discuss Main Issues with communities

27/01/14

Aberdeen City Council's Local Development Plan team are embarking on their community consultation roadshow, to gather the views of city residents on 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. The planners will explain those options at the first in a series of events Bucksburn Library from 3pm until 7pm on Monday, 27 January, and gather opinions and comments on the draft Report.

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

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;
• Transportation proposals;
• Aberdeen Harbour expansion;
• Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre;
• Ness Solar Farm.

The Development Plan Team will also be holding consultation events at
• 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 Main Issues Report can be viewed online at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan. Hard copies are available to view at Marischal College. The public consultation period will run until 24 March.

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