The Aberdeen Masterplanning Process has been prepared as a guide for developers. Reflecting current national design guidance, the Process seeks to enable the delivery of sustainable places.
Successful places are sustainable and have distinct identity. Designing Places and Designing Streets, policy statements for Scotland, set the context for creating places. Successful places are safe, pleasant, easy to move around and welcoming to visitors. They are sustainable and adaptable to changing circumstances in social, economic and environmental conditions. Good street design must consider place before movement and should meet the qualities set out in Designing Places.
These policies are supported by PAN 83: Master Planning which promotes the use of masterplanning to create better places.
The Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan sets out the Spatial Strategy up to 2030, promoting development of sustainable mixed communities. The Aberdeen Local Development Plan translates this into a settlement strategy for Aberdeen allocating appropriate sites for development and highlights masterplanning as means to achieve efficient and sustainable places.
This process identifies the need to consider an integrated approach to site planning, urban design, sustainable transport, ecology, landscaping and community involvement. There is also a recognised need to raise the quality of design for new developments in Aberdeen, from the largest and most significant areas of change to smaller individual sites. Under the umbrella heading of 'Masterplanning' Aberdeen City Council (ACC) proposes tackling this through 3 design tools: