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SDPA hail AWPR judgement

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) has welcomed the recent judgment of the Court of Session on the legal challenge to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

Elected members from both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council meeting last week welcomed the robust nature of the court’s judgment and expressed the desire that things would now move swiftly forwards with the construction of this much needed infrastructure without any further delay.

The AWPR is a strategic project identified in the current Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan (2009) which is critical to the future development of the area. It has failed to progress as anticipated due to two legal challenges and the SDPA has previously expressed concern over this delay.

The recent Strategic Development Plan Main Issues Report (2011) recognised that the delays to the project resulting from legal challenges have been very disappointing and damaging to the local economy.

Aberdeenshire councillor Peter Argyle, chair of the SDPA said: "The AWPR is not just a road, but part of an integrated strategy for the future development of the area. We have waited a long time for the AWPR and I hope that following the court’s decision last week we will be able to move forward with implementation.

“The AWPR itself is important but other vital transport projects such as the Balmedie to Tipperty dualling, improvements to the Haudagain Roundabout and Dyce and Portlethen park and ride sites are also being held up until the AWPR is in place.

”With the road in place, our already buoyant economy will continue to grow and prosper, contributing to the wellbeing of all our citizens for many years to come."

13 March 2012