Aberdeen City and Shire - Strategic Development Planning Authority

Get in touch:
Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB
Phone: 01224 664626
Email: team@aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk

About Us

The "Strategic Development Planning Authority" (SDPA) was designated by Scottish Ministers on 25 June 2008 under the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. We have SDPA Membership, with six being appointed by both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils. The Chair and Vice Chair of the SDPA rotate on a 2 yearly cycle. Statutory guidance from the Scottish Government on SDPAs is contained in Circular 2/2008.

The Designation Order required Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils to jointly prepare and keep under review a strategic development plan for a strategic development plan area. The terms of reference agreed by the two Councils required that, prior to the start of work on a strategic development plan, the SDPA would take forward work on a structure plan commenced by the two Councils in early 2007. The Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan was approved by Scottish Ministers in August 2009. Since then, work has focused on its implementation, monitoring and the preparation of the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan which was approved by Scottish Ministers on 28 March 2014.

The SDPA publish a number of documents on an annual basis. These are available to download from the table below.

Annual Reports Statement of Accounts
Planning Performance Framework 2018/2019 Audited Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019
Corporate Governance  
Code of Corporate Governance  

Please visit our Publications page to find out how to obtain a hard copy of the above documents and for information about our other publications.