Aberdeen City and Shire - Strategic Development Planning Authority

Get in touch:
27-29 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA
Phone: 01224 628210
Email: team@aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

THE SDPA

What is the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA)?

The Aberdeen City and Shire SDPA is the Strategic Development Planning Authority for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The SDPA is a statutory authority that is a partnership of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils. It is made up of 12 members (six from the two councils) and meets at least four times per year.

What area does the SDPA cover?

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan area (boundary map) covers the administrative areas of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils except that part of Aberdeenshire Council that forms part of the Cairngorms National Park.

What is the role of the SDPA?

The main purpose of the SDPA is to prepare and maintain a Strategic Development Plan for the area. When completed, the Strategic Development Plan will replace the existing Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan 2009. A full list of the Aims and Objectives of the SDPA is available on request.

How can I access reports to the SDPA?

We make the reports available online 4 days prior to the meeting. This timescale is sufficient to allow members of the public to be able to examine the reports prior to the meeting taking place..

 

THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

What is a development plan?

The development plan sets out how places should change and what they could be like in the future. It says what type of development should take place where, and which areas should not be developed. It sets out the best locations for new homes and businesses and protects places of value to people or wildlife. The plan also helps development to take place quickly by describing how any new or improved facilities, such as roads, schools and parks will be provided.

Councils and national park authorities must prepare a development plan for their area at least every five years. The law says that the development plan should be the starting point in making any planning decisions.

However, the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 introduced major changes to the way in which the development plan for the area is prepared.

What makes up the current development plan?

The development plan in our area is made up of the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan 2009 and two adopted Local Plans for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. These plans will remain in force until superseded by the new forms of development plan; the Local Development Plan and the Strategic Development Plan. Further information on all of these plans is available on the Development Plan page.

What is a development plan scheme?

A development plan scheme sets out proposals and a timetable for preparing and reviewing the Development Plan. The SDPA prepare a development plan scheme for the Strategic Development Plan while Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils prepare them for the respective Local Development Plans. Development plan schemes are reviewed at least once every year. All Development plan schemes for the current development plan are available from our Development Plan Scheme page.

Is the current development plan being reviewed?

The development plan schemes set out timetables for plan preparation. As at 1 January 2010, both councils are preparing Local Development Plans consistent with the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan 2009 to replace their adopted local plans.

What is a Strategic Development Plan (SDP)?

The SDP sets out the long-term development of the city region and deals with region-wide issues such as housing and transport. The SDP will focus on strategic cross-boundary issues such as the size, make up and distribution of the population rather than site specific allocations. More detail is provided in local development plans which are prepared by both councils. A leaflet Strategic Development Plans in Scotland - The Way Forward has been produced to provide further information and guidance.

Has work started on a Strategic Development Plan?

The current structure plan was approved by Scottish Ministers on 14 August 2009. We will start preparatory work on the first strategic development plan for the area in the second half of 2010. The timetable for plan preparation is contained in the development plan scheme.

How can I get involved in the preparation of the Strategic Development Plan?

Work will begin on the first SDP relatively soon. A revised Development Plan Scheme will be published in early 2010 to confirm the revised timetable for its preparation. This document will be available on this website and at all local libraries.

During the first stage of preparing a new plan, the SDPA will talk to communities and local businesses to compile a Main Issues Report. This will set out the ideas on how the area will change. After this the SDPA will produce a propose plan. At this stage people can make comments on issues and these issues will be discussed at an examinationheld by a person appointed by Scottish Ministers.

The SDPA will be holding a series of consultations whilst preparing the SDP. For more information please visit the consultations page and/or complete the form to register with us.

How does the Strategic Development Plan fit in with Local Development Plans and planning applications?

Both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils are preparing Local Development Plans, which sets out where most new developments are proposed and the policies that will guide decision-making on planning applications. The LDP will contain site specific proposals/allocations and must be consistent with the SDP.

The policies in the development plan help set out what kind of development will be acceptable. The council will respond to planning applications based on the plan.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS

Where can I find information about planning applications?

Planning applications are dealt with by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils respectively, not by the SDPA.

Aberdeen City details and applications can be found at -http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/Planning/sl_pla/pla_planning_applications.asp

Aberdeenshire Council details and applications can be found at -http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/devservices/index.asp

Why can't I find any maps, plans or information about my home town?

The Strategic Development Plan does not deal with the detail of site specific issues such as allocation of sites for development. The Strategic Development Plan sets out the long-term development of the city region and deals with region-wide issues such as housing and transport.

For detailed, site specific issues for both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire contact should be made with the relevant Local Development Plan team. These plans will set out where most new developments are proposed and the policies that will guide decision-making on planning applications.

Aberdeen City Local Development Plan team – 01224 523470

Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan team - 01224 664221

How can I get more information?

Further information about the SDPA or the SDP can be obtained by contacting us by e-mail, telephone, fax or writing to us.
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