Aberdeen City and Shire - Strategic Development Planning Authority

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Woodhill House, Westburn Road
Aberdeen, AB16 5GB
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Email: team@aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk

Proposed Strategic Development Plan area submitted to Scottish Ministers

On 18 September 2008 the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) agreed a submission to the Scottish Ministers which set out a proposal for a strategic development plan (SDP) area. The proposal was sent to Scottish Ministers on 24 September 2008. A determination by Scottish Ministers is expected by the end of October 2008 and will be communicated to all consultees and made available on the website.

The proposal is for the SDP area to cover the whole of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire with the exception of that part of Aberdeenshire within the Cairngorms National Park.  A map is available on Google Maps.


The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 enabled the designation of Strategic Development Planning Authorities (SDPAs) by Scottish Ministers and the replacement of structure plans with strategic development plans (SDPs). The Aberdeen City and Shire SDPA was designated on 25 June 2008.

The Designation Orders identified those planning authorities which were jointly to form a SDPA (Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council in this case) but the proposing of boundaries for the preparation of a SDP (the SDP area) was the first task of the new authority.  From the coming into force of the Designation Orders, the SDPA had three months within which to submit to Scottish Ministers:

  1. a plan showing the proposed boundary of the SDP area;
  2. a statement in justification of that proposal; and
  3. a request that Scottish Ministers determine the boundary of the SDP area

Scottish Government Circular 2/2008 stressed the importance of engagement with relevant interests in the determination of a proposed boundary. As a consequence, on May 23 2008 the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Planning Committee agreed a Consultation Draft document and that consultation would take the form of an advert in local newspapers, formally requesting responses from a range of key interests and a news item on the SDPA website.

The six week consultation period formally began on 18 July 2008 and ended on 29 August 2008. A total of 18 responses were received. Neither the boundary of statement of justification has been amended in light of the consultation but the process did highlight issues to be mindful of in the preparation of SDPs.

1 October 2008