The Aberdeenshire Development Local Plan was agreed by the Council on 24th June. I did not vote for it but a future post - or perhaps posts - will talk about the issues. After all, we have until 1st October to lodge our representations on the plan. My previous post talked about the form required for representations. This post will discuss the form of the plan itself.
Instead of one document, the Plan has been published as a plan containing just 14 polices, 6 maps and a schedule. One of my colleagues described the plan as vacuous - there is so little detail in the Plan itself that it is difficult to see what objections there could be. Most of the detail is in the Supplementary Guidance.
In addition to the Plan there are (currently) 51 pieces of Supplementary Guidance, 6 of which are Settlement Maps for each Area within Aberdeenshire and the rest give details on the 14 polices.
Therefore, it is likely that if you wish to make a representation about anything you will need to make two representations - one for the policy in the main plan and one for the relevant Supplementary Guidance.
Aberdeenshire has provided two forms (in two forms, pdf and online), one for the Plan and one for Supplementary Guidance. But as you are not required to make your representation on the specified form, I would suggest that you make one representation per issue covering both the Plan and the Supplementary Guidance. If you follow the 7 required pieces of information from the Schedule 4 form, you will have provided all the necessary information. The Council can then cross reference your one representation into two parts to cover the Plan and the Supplementary Guidance.
Over the summer, I'll post some comments on the content of the plan itself. Remember, you only have until 1st October to make you voice heard.
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