Berryden corridor improvement

The project

The existing Berryden corridor facilitates journeys between the city centre, the north of Aberdeen and beyond. The corridor represents a pinch point in the city road network and has been identified as a route operating beyond its capacity leading to significant congestion and journey time delays, particularly at peak times.

The Berryden Corridor Improvement Project involves widening the existing road and junction improvements between Skene Square and Ashgrove Road, and constructing a new section of road between Ashgrove Road and Kittybrewster roundabout.

The project will provide substantial benefits across the north of the city and beyond including:

  • Improved journey times and connections. 
  • Reduced congestion.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle provision.

It will also build on the benefits gained from the opening of Diamond Bridge further improving connections within the city.

Public engagement 

An overview of the online exhibition which was held from 19 November to 16 December 2019 is still available to view.

A public exhibition, was also held at Sainsbury’s, Berryden Road on 29 and 30 November 2019. Images of the boards displayed at the public exhibition can be downloaded from the links below:


Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)

The use of compulsory purchase is necessary to acquire land required to build the project. Notice of the making of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was published and served in November 2018. In March 2020 Transport Scotland were requested to pass the CPO to the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government, to examine the CPO and consider the outstanding objections.  The DPEA’s inquiry process concluded in April 2021 with the passing of their report to the Scottish Ministers.  Following consideration of this report the CPO was confirmed by the Scottish Ministers in June 2021.  Letters seeking to confirm owners and/or occupiers were sent out in July 2021 to addresses directly affected by the CPO.   

A copy of the order and map can instead be found below: 

The Statement of Reasons pertaining to the CPO is available to download below:

You can read the Scottish Government's guide to compulsory purchase and compensation on their website at the link below:

The Compulsory Purchase of Land (Scotland) Regulations 2003 are available to download below:

The Order as confirmed became operative on 16 August 2021, being the date that notice of confirmation of the Order was first published.

Persons entitled to claim compensation in respect of any interest in the land are invited to complete the claim form (Form 9) below:

Completed forms can be returned to

For information on how we use your data please visit: Your data: exercise of compulsory purchase powers

The Council made a General Vesting Declaration on the 12 January 2022 and ownership of the land and rights in land required for the project will vest in the Council on 12 March 2022. Parties believed to have interests in affected land have been, or will be, notified. 

Further information is available below:

Planning Applications & Other Consents

To progress the project, a number of planning applications and other consents are required. These were granted by the Planning Authority in 2020.   Planning permissions relate to the new section of road between Ashgrove Road and St Machar Drive, and the proposed alteration of a building. Conservation area consents are required for alterations to a number of buildings and listed building consent for alteration of a boundary wall and repositioning of a March stone.

The road widening from Skene Square to Ashgrove Road is considered permitted development under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992.  

Documents pertaining to the Planning Application can be found under ‘Related Documents’. 

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