LDP Consultations take place
in Inverurie and Kintore

Inverurie West Parish Church
Inverurie West Parish Church

The second in a series of 42 consultation events being held across Aberdeenshire to raise awareness of the Local Development Plan’s Main Issues Report was held in Inverurie’s Acorn Centre on Monday night, (November 4).

Those who had braved the wet and windy late autumn weather enjoyed an evening of lively debate on a variety of issues, ranging from the future of Inverurie town centre to the challenges of delivering affordable housing.

The meeting was opened by Planning Policy Team Leader Piers Blaxter, who gave a presentation on the Main Issues Report and the steps involved in producing the next local development plan.

Mr Blaxter also detailed how the public can get involved in the ongoing consultation, and the opportunity that communities and developers have to shape future development in Aberdeenshire through the Main Issues Report.

The focus of the presentation then turned to Inverurie. Mr Blaxter highlighted the ongoing congestion issues in the town, and the impact this will have on future growth.

There was also discussion around the project to dual the A96, and the potential positive impact this could have on traffic volume in the town centre.

Nick Lopez, Policy Planner, then went on to discuss proposals for future development in Inverurie, Keithhall and Kinmuck.

Following the presentations, a number of questions were raised from the floor.

In addition to the issues of Inverurie town centre and affordable housing, discussion addressed development in Kinmuck, ways of ensuring new developments are environmentally sustainable and the potential loss of public green spaces in Inverurie.

Kintore was the second location in the Garioch area to receive the Aberdeenshire Council Planning Policy Team for an evening meeting to discuss the Local Development Plan Main Issues Report.

More than 50 members of the public joined the planners in what was a lively debate on the future direction of development in Kemnay and Kintore.

After meeting had been opened by Planning Policy Team Leader Piers Blaxter who gave a presentation on the Main Issues Report and the steps involved in producing the next Local Development Plan, the focus of the meeting then turned to the main issues affecting Inverurie, given the impact development there could have on surrounding settlements.

Discussions detailed the ongoing congestion issues in the town and the potential positive impact that the project to dual the A96 could have.

Discussion then turned to new development proposals in Kintore and Kemnay, with much of the debate focusing on the proposal for the development of community facilities, offices and a supermarket at the Gateway Kintore site at the south-western tip of the town.

Contributions from the floor were also made on the issues of schooling in Kemnay, Kintore and Inverurie, and the lack of parking in Kintore town centre.

There are many more opportunities to engage with the Planning Policy Team and discuss future development across Aberdeenshire.

Details of all future consultation events and information on how to get involved, including a feedback form, can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ldp

There are many more opportunities to engage with the Planning Policy Team and discuss future development across Aberdeenshire.

If you haven’t had a chance to get involved, details of the further consultation events can be found at: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ldp