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Aberdeen Local Development Plan

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Aberdeen City Council adopted its first Local Development Plan on 29 February 2012. The Aberdeen Local Development Plan (ALDP)(2012) replaced the Aberdeen Local Plan (2008) and was the first Development Plan of its kind in Scotland.

The Local Development Plan is a vital public document which shapes the future of Aberdeen, and influences significant public and private investment in homes, businesses, shops, infrastructure and facilities. The plan and accompanying maps can be viewed and/or downloaded below along with the Environmental Report:

As part of the Local Development Plan the City Council also prepares Supplementary Guidance which supports the policies contained in the Plan. These can be viewed on the following page:


The Next LDP

Information on the review of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (2012) and the preparation of our next Plan is available below:



Action Programme

To support the Aberdeen Local Development Plan the Action Programme sets out actions required to deliver each of the plans, policies and proposals. The second Action Programme was published on 16 May 2014 and further information is available below:

In order to stimulate discussion, encourage action and assist with mediation on the delivery of specific sites or masterplan areas identified in the Plan, the City Council has also decided to host a series of Delivery Workshops. Further details on the Workshops, and how you can apply to attend, are available here:


Other Related Information

This section contains additional information we have produced on a number of planning topics.


The Draft Housing Land Audit 2015 is now open for consultation. The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 24 April 2015. Comments on the draft should be emailed to Sandra Ng'ambwa at

Legal Challenge - May 2013 Update

Aberdeen City Council has welcomed news that supermarket chain Tesco Stores Limited has dropped its Supreme Court challenge to the Aberdeen Local Development Plan 2012. The challenge to the Supreme Court followed Aberdeen City Council's successful upholding of an earlier appeal to the Court of Session in October 2012. A link to the Aberdeen City Council official press statement is available here:

The Aberdeen Local Development Plan (2012) is the adopted Plan for Aberdeen City. The City Council in considering planning applications will take into account the Aberdeen Local Development Plan and other material planning considerations. 

Archive information on the key stages in the preparation of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan 2012 can be viewed here: