September 2020 Local Development Plan Newsletter

“We have issued a press release highlighting some of the main issues arising from the representations, including significant objection received to proposed opportunity sites in Potterton. This matter alone is subject to approximately 20% of all representations received. This, along with other unresolved matters will be considered by an independent Reporter aspart of the examination.”

LDP Newsletter
September 2020 Issue 26
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Consultation on Changes to the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP)

These are two examples of responses sent to the Scottish Government consulation on changes to Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) The changes may sound technical but they should have positive impacts and potentially reduce future destruction of Green Belt through speculative housing developments. There is likely to be strong lobbying from the volume housebuilding industry against these changes. We can make an impact by responding too.

Suggested quick answers to the 5 questions in the Consultation:

Question 1. We support the removal of ‘the presumption’ from the SPP through the changes set out.

Question 2. We support the changes set out and the resulting clarification of the definition of effective housing land supply.

Question 3. We support the proposed changes to paragraph 125, that clarify the methodology of calculating 5 year housing land supply and how any shortfall would be assessed. We agree that the disputed matter of plans becoming ‘out-of-date’ should be removed for the reasons given the consultation.

Question 4. Yes.

Question 5. Yes.

The Housing Technical Consultation

Potterton we need your help!

When the Scottish Government was naming one of their latest consultations, they were hardly thinking of Click-bait. The title Housing technical consultation is not really designed to compel readers to click on the relevant link to find out more.

What it should have read was

Yikes! Four small changes that could change YOUR life!

or perhaps

You won’t believe it! Four ways to tackle the tricks of volume house builders.

These changes should have positive impacts and potentially reduce future destruction of Green Belt and other Greenfield sites through speculative housing developments like we’re experiencing in Potterton. Reducing opportunities for developers building where they want rather than on allocated sites.

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland have produced a briefing note to help you respond which is attached.

The note gives a summary of the consultation and suggested short answers to the 5 consultation responses, which you can expand on, alter, or add to from your own experience if you wish.

It only took me a few mins to respond through a cut and paste of the suggested short answers.

Let the Scottish Government know of YOUR support to put these changes through! It’s especially important for us in Potterton given our circumstances of speculative housing development on Greenbelt.

I’ll also post the consultation link and 5 suggested short answers in a separate post for ease of responding or you can simply respond via the attached note.

Environmental Information – Contaminated Land (Freedom of Information Request)

Hi Folks, we are sharing information we received in response to a Freedom of Information Request we submitted to Aberdeenshire Council. We felt it’s important that as a community we are informed on key environmental information. We hope to follow up on this in future posts.

On the full bid site assessments (also obtained through an FOI request) we were able to see that it referenced possible contamination on the proposed sites. We submitted another FOI request to obtain that detail and here is the response.

The contamination refers to ground gases due to the proximity of the landfill site. Ground gases found in landfills like methane and carbon monoxide can migrate in soil.

The contamination, along with the high flood risk on site (recorded on SEPA flood maps) were both omitted from the environmental impact assessment which was made available to the public.

Significant Response to North-East planning consultation (Evening Express Article)

Another mention of the efforts of Potterton residents! Well done everyone!

“More than 1300 people have made their views known on a draft document designed to shape future development in the north-east.”

Amazing Engagement (Press & Journal Article)

These statistics are phenomenal. Amazing engagement from Potterton residents 👏🏻

“The local authority has now revealed that it received 1,300 pieces of feedback on the region-wide policy document during a 10-week consultation period over summer.

The “single biggest issue” arising from the digital feedback was objections to sites in Potterton being built upon.

Around 20% of all representations received “concerned that matter”, contributing to a “significantly higher” level of engagement than during the last public talks in 2015.”

Community Views

Aberdeenshire Council are looking for opinions and views as they review roads policies, including speed limits and pedestrian crossings.

Please provide your views by completing the very short questionnaires using the links provided. Alternatively, fuller responses can be made by email to

There could be a roads policy issue specifically relating to our community in Potterton, which you wish to have reviewed by the Roads Policy team. Consultation is open until 2nd October.

Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the views of North east communities as part of a major review of its roads policy.

From September 2 until October 2, the public, community organisations and national bodies will have an opportunity to complete an online survey and share their views and comments on issues such as Speed Limits, Pedestrian Crossings, Street Trading and other occupation of the road.

Aberdeenshire Council is considering making 20mph the normal speed limit on minor roads in built-up areas and designated town centres while retaining 30mph or 40mph limits on a strategic network of routes. Within the consultation, residents will be asked to highlight their preferred approach to Speed Limits in these urban areas.

The full story can be read here:

The online survey and proposed policy documents can be accessed here: