A timetable for the preparation of Aberdeenshire’s next planning blueprint over the coming year was approved by councillors recently.
Members of the Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) approved the latest Local Development Plan Scheme at a meeting in Aberdeen last week.
It sets out the work taking place this year to prepare the next incarnation of the plan, which will guide planning decisions in the area from 2017 to 2023.
Speaking after the meeting, ISC chair, Peter Argyle, said: “It sets out the timetable for the production of the ‘Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Plan 2016’.”
“This allows communities and other stakeholders plenty of time to organise and plan activities to scrutinise the proposed plan and come to a view on whether to submit formal objections,” he added.
The Local Development Plan (LDP) sets out a framework for where new houses and businesses can be built. Aberdeenshire Council produces an LDP at least every five years, with the current plan approved for the period 2012 to 2017.
The next Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan is intended to be the settled view of Aberdeenshire Council as to where development should take place and is subject to a public examination by Scottish Ministers.
The LDP 2016 will set out where development can take place from 2017 to 2023, and give a strong guide to where development should occur in the period beyond this.
Aberdeenshire Council will be considering the representations over the course of the next four months before instructing officers as to what should be contained in the Proposed LDP.
The Proposed Plan will then be considered by the Full Council in November this year. The formal period for consultation on the Proposed Plan will start in early January 2015 for six weeks.
The Development Plan Scheme will be made available online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/process.asp