Your data: Local Development Plan

How we use your information

As part of the review of the Local Development Plan, Aberdeen City Council (ACC) will offer you several opportunities to submit your views and comments. These opportunities will range from the Pre-Main Issues Report stage where we will ask you to tell us what you think the main planning issues for Aberdeen are, to the Main Issues Report stage where we will ask you to comment on specific proposals and alternatives and finally the Proposed Plan stage where the set view of ACC has been established.

ACC are legally required to consult at the Main Issues Report stage and at Proposed Plan stage. This is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended), and supporting regulations. The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 also requires us to consult on a Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report.

By submitting a response to the consultation, you understand that ACC can use the information provided in this form, including personal data, as part of the review of the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan. ACC will not share or disclose any personal data about you to any organisation or person unless it is authorised or required to do so by law. We are required to pass all information collected at the formal Proposed Plan consultation stage to the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) where an Examination of all unresolved representations will be completed by independent Reporters.

If you have provided contact details we may use your details to get in touch with you in response to your comments and to keep you informed. At the end of the consultation, where contact details have been provided, the Local Development Plan team will provide you with a respondent number. Anonymous comments can be accepted at Pre-Main Issues Report and Main Issues Report stages but we will not be able to contact you in the future. Anonymous comments cannot be considered valid at Proposed Plan stage and will not form part of the Examination process.

Valid responses will be collated, redacted, summarised and stored electronically or in locked cabinets in Marischal College. All redacted valid responses will be published, alongside the respondent’s name (if provided), on the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan web page. Contact details will not be made public, but your name and respondent number will be published. The data on the form will be used to inform preparation of the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan.

How long we keep your information for

Aberdeen City Council will only keep your personal data for as long as is needed. Data will be kept until the emerging Local Development Plan is itself replaced – this is likely to be around 5 years following its adoption. Following this, data will be disposed of securely.

Your rights

You’ve got legal rights about the way the Council handles and uses your data, which include the right to ask for a copy of it. You can email the Council’s Data Protection Officer on DataProtectionOfficer@aberdeencity.gov.uk or write to:
Legal and Democratic Services
Business Hub 6
Level 1 South
Marischal College
Aberdeen
AB10 1AB

See more information about all of the rights you have

You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. They are the body responsible for making sure organisations like the Council handle your data lawfully.

Our legal basis

Aberdeen City Council is the Data Controller for your information. Wherever we are processing personal information we need to make sure we have a legal basis in data protection law. The table below sets out the Council’s legal basis for each of the data processing activities we carry out in relation to the Local Development Plan.

Data processing activity Purpose Legal basis Relevant law
Preparation of Local Development Plan To set out Aberdeen City Council’s vision for future development in Aberdeen. It allocates land for new development and includes policies that will guide decision making on planning.

Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation

Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) 
Responding to comments and keeping people informed where contact details have been provided  To show how comments received inform the Local Development Plan preparation process and to keep people informed of the progress of the Local Development Plan Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended)
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 
Collection and use of comments as part of consultation at Pre-Main Issues Report stage  To find out what the people of Aberdeen think are the main planning issues the Local Development Plan needs to address  Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended)
Publication of comments received as part of consultation at Pre-Main Issues Report stage To show how the consultation comments inform the Main Issues Report Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) 
Collection and use of comments as part of consultation at Main Issues Report stage  To gather opinion about specific planning proposals and alternatives  Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended)
Consultation on a Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report  Collection of comments to assess the environmental effects of the options presented in the Main Issues Report  Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005
Publication of comments received as part of the consultation at Main Issues Report stage  To show how the consultation comments inform preparation of the Proposed Local Development Plan Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended)
Publication of comments received as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report To show opinions regarding the environmental effects of the plan  Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 
Collection of comments as part of consultation at Proposed Plan stage To gather opinions about the established view of the Council  Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended); Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 
Consultation on a Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report Collection of comments to assess the environmental effects of the proposed plan Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 
Publication of valid comments received as part of the consultation at the Proposed Plan stage To show opinions regarding the Proposed Plan  Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended); Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008
Publication of comments received as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report  To show opinions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed plan  Article 6(1)(e)

Undertaking our tasks as a local Public Authority
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005
Informing consultation respondents of the publication of the Proposed Plan, where contact details have been provided at Main Issues Report stage. To make respondents aware of the publication of the Proposed Plan and its content Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended); Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 
Inform valid respondents to the Proposed Plan of the adoption of the Local Development Plan To make respondents aware of the adoption of the Local Development Plan and its content.  Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended); Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008
Publication of Post Adoption Statement To show how the consultation responses received have been taken into account and results of consultation. Article 6(1)(c)

Legal obligation
The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005


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