New Approach to Planning

By Jane Cruickshank / January 15, 2023
rainbow over the bay

STONEHAVEN and District Community Council, SDCC, is launching a project to take advantage of new planning laws giving residents the right to say how they want their town developed.

Until now, big building firms have led the charge in our local development plans by making bids to build new homes on plots of land. The successful developers have effectively shaped the way towns like Stonehaven have grown.

And locals have had little say in the amenities they need or the use or preservation or buildings they value.

But The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 empowers communities to have a more direct role in such matters by preparing a Local Place Plan.

It states: ”A local place plan is a proposal as to the development or use of land.

”It may also identify land and buildings that the community body considers to be of particular significance to the local area.”

Once Local Place Plans have been registered, the Council is required by law to take them into consideration when updating the Development Plan.

Use of Invecarron Resource Centre? Need for Rugby pitches?

The relevance of the new legislation could well be highlighted by these two issues faced by the town.

But nothing will change if no action is taken to participate in the new process.

SDCC chairman David Lawman is keen to push forward with all the work and consultation required to compose a Local Place Plan. He has scheduled a first meeting for the project on January 31st. And at last week’s meeting, he said he is looking for help.

”If you want to get involved, please let SDCC know,” he said.

If you would be interested in participating in the Local Place Plan for Stonehaven, then please contact SDCC using their online form.