Public to speak out on Local Plan main issues

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Residents in Kincardine and Mearns are to be asked for their views on the main issues that they believe Aberdeenshire Council should be tackling on the next few years.

In the latest stage of the draft 2016 Local Development Plan (LDP), an extensive public consultation period is set to begin on October 31 and run until December 3.

The current LDP was adopted in 2012, and provides detailed plans up to 2016, while the new plan will set a framework for development of land in the area from 2016-2021.

Informal engagement with community groups has resulted in 18 main issues being identified, including flooding and erosion, and the question of whether a major supermarket should be allowed in Stonehaven.

The report has stated that there are currently no sites in the Kincardine and Mearns area included in the proposals for the new development plan, however, this view is subject to change and the views of the public will be important in a final decision. While the local authority are yet to confirm specific times and dates, they have said that the meetings “will represent an opportunity to explore what the implications of the proposed changes to the plan might be, and to explore potential alternatives.”