WHERE housing and business properties should be built in Stonehaven over the next ten years – and all the policies that should be conformed to – will be determined by a local development plan, LDP, currently under consultation.
Aberdeenshire Council formally agreed its Proposed LDP on March 5 and will submit its proposals to Scottish Ministers for examination later this year, following consideration of representations received during the consultation period.
Normally, the local authority would be making use of one of Stonehaven’s large halls, to set up maps and information to allow residents understand and consider the proposals.
But of course, this is not possible.
Virtual Drop In
In place of nine drop-in events, the council is engaging with stakeholders by way of electronic means such as a virtual drop-in event, Q&A sessions and a 24-hour virtual ‘live chat’ platform.
And, following close monitoring of the consultation to-date and having listened to concerns raised by some stakeholders, the decision has been taken to extend the consultation period by a fortnight – until Friday, July 31.
The Proposed LDP and supporting documents are available online.
There is also an online interactive version of the LDP.
If you wish to discuss any matters with a member of the team, call 01467 536230.
Those who do not use or have limited access to online facilities can still fully participate in the consultation process. The Planning Service continues to provide full contact details for engagement by telephone or via written correspondence with their planning officers and this alternative means of communication will be similarly welcomed where necessary.
There is also the ability for the Local Development Plan to be read aloud when opened online to make it as accessible as possible.
To make a written response, you can write to the: Planning Policy Team, Infrastructure Services, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB165GB.
And, as part of the public consultation, three short films are available on Aberdeenshire Council’s YouTube channel: