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Main Issues Report roadshow draws to a close


The final roadshow consultation event for the Aberdeen Local Development Plan Main Issues Report will take place next week.

The planning authority is gathering residents' views on the future development of for the Main Issues Report, which will form a crucial part of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

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 in Northfield Library on Monday, 10 February from 3pm until 7pm 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.

Planning Development Management convener Councillor Ramsay Milne said: "I would urge anyone with an interest in the future development of the city to get involved in the consultation process.

"The Development Plan team will be happy to discuss any related issues you might want to raise with them. These consultation events present an ideal opportunity to find out more about the proposals and have your say."

The Main Issues Report can be viewed online at 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.