Ministers give shire Local Development Plan thumbs up

On the move: The current Ellon academy is set to close its doors in 2015, to be replaced by a new community campus at Cromleybank.
On the move: The current Ellon academy is set to close its doors in 2015, to be replaced by a new community campus at Cromleybank.

THE Scottish Government has given its backing to most of Aberdeenshire’s Local development Plan, with only minor corrections recommended.

The government’s reply - which will effectively be binding for the council - covers 161 issues raised in the LDP, a year after council planners submitted it. Government planners backed 60% of the proposals, and recommending a further 25% for minor corrections.

The backing paves the way for development at Cromleybank, which has been earmarked for hundreds of new homes as well as Ellon’s new Academy.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “We are very pleased that, for the most part, the reporters have supported the plan that Aberdeenshire Council approved as its ‘settled view’ of where development should and should not take place.

“It was always clear to us that the examination would result in change but, from first reading, it would seem that the reporters have listened to the arguments presented and have come to a clear and reasonable conclusions.

A meeting of the full Council will be asked to give notice of its intention to adopt the plan at its meeting on April 26.