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‘Timely’ growth plan for north-east jobs, homes and infrastructure approved by Scottish ministers

Councillor John Cox.
Councillor John Cox.

A new 20-year north-east growth plan for jobs, homes and infrastructure has been approved by Scottish ministers.

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan 2020 sets out investment aspiration policies for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, replacing the previous one from 2014.

Its approval by Scottish Ministers keeps the strategic part of the development plan up-to-date and in line with Scottish Government targets.

One councillor called the new plan “timely” as the region looks to recover from Covid-19 and a reintroduction of lockdown measures in Aberdeen city.

SDPA vice-chair councillor Maire Boulton said: “With the consultation of Nestrans 2040 opening earlier this month and the approval of Strategic Development Plan 2020, we have a consistent and positive framework for both planning and transport at the City Region scale.

“This joint working between the SDPA and Nestrans, as well as the two councils, is very welcome and I am sure it will continue as we work with all parties to deliver the strategies to facilitate the growth aspirations of our plans.”

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA) is a partnership between Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

Councillor John Cox, chair of the Strategic Development Planning Authority (SDPA), welcomed the approval of the new guidance.

He said: “There is a firm foundation for its implementation in place through both the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Proposed Local Development Plans prepared by both councils.

“We are a city-region which strives to have achieved 100% coverage of up-to-date development plans, an achievement we should all be rightly proud of maintaining with the approval of the Strategic Development Plan 2020.”

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