Development Plan

The development plan currently consists of the Strategic Development Plan and Local Development Plan. 

The purpose of the development plan is to set the framework for new developments, and planning applications are assessed against the provisions (land allocations and policies) of the development plan.

Strategic Development Plan

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan was approved on 28 March 2014. The Plan covers the geographical areas covered by Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils excluding the Cairngorms National Park. The Strategic Development Plan plays a key role in guiding development over the next 25 years. Our vision is to create an even more exciting, modern and sustainable European city region - an excellent place to live, visit and do business.

You can find out more about the preparation of the plan on the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority website.

Local Development Plan

The Aberdeen LDP provides a land use framework until 2030 and aims towards Aberdeen being a sustainable city at the heart of a vibrant and inclusive North East of Scotland:


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