Conservation Areas

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What is a conservation area

Stonehaven HarbourA conservation area is defined in S 61 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997

Aberdeenshire Council has a statutory duty to identify and designate such areas.

Further information relating to conservation areas can be obtained from The Scottish Government, Publications, A Guide to Conservation Areas in Scotland.

Aberdeenshire conservation areas

Within the six areas of Aberdeenshire there are currently 41 conservation area designations and 14 proposed designations. This number will be subject to change given the councils ongoing programme of conservation area designation and review.

Below, divided into Aberdeenshire Areas, are a list of the conservation areas, boundary maps and where available appraisal documents.

Banff and Buchan

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Kincardine and Mearns

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Built heritage appraisals

If, following a conservation area appraisal and public consultation, the decision is made not to proceed to formal designation, then the conservation area appraisal becomes a built heritage appraisal. This becomes planning advice and is used to inform decisions in the planning process.

Recent designations and review

Auchenblae, Kirktown of Fetteresso and Benholm conservation area management plans

Following the formal designation of Auchenblae, Kirktown of Fetteresso and Benhom as conservation areas between 2013 and 2014 , conservation area management plans have now been produced. These document are designed to act as a supportive documents to the conservation area appraisals produced as part of the designation process. The main purpose of the document is to identify opportunities and priorities for enhancement and to set out clearly the existing policy framework for the determination of development proposals. Currently home owners and owners of commercial premises, within the conservation areas, already have additional planning controls applied to them, this document looks to extend these controls to local authorities, gas suppliers, electricity suppliers, telecommunications companies etc. as detailed in the plans. To bring their obligations in line with others in the conservation area and provide greater consistency in decision making.

The conservation area management plans are attached below and Aberdeenshire Council are seeking comment  from all those effected by the proposal. The period for comment will end on Friday 3rd March following which the comments collated will be included in a report to Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee prior to the plans being formally adopted.

Auchenblae conservation area management plan

Kirktown of Fetteresso conservation area management plan

Benholm conservation area management plan

To provide comment please follow the link below

or alternatively contact Cheryl Roberts directly where you may also request a hard copy of the draft:


Environment Planner (South), Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven. AB39 2DQ  

Ardmore Distillery and Kennethmont proposed conservation area 

Following a public meeting in 2015, Aberdeenshire Council is proposing to designate Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont and surrounding area as a conservation area. The period for submitting comments on the draft proposed conservation area appraisal (pdf 1.1MB) is now closed and the comments received will be considered before the draft appraisal is finalised.  For more information please contact or telephone 01467 538110

Fraserburgh Central conservation area review

A review of Fraserburgh conservation area commenced in the summer of 2014. A series of public consultation events and reports to the Banff and Buchan Area Committee followed. The appraisal document was discussed in detail. This process culminated in a report and Conservation area appraisal document being placed before Buchan Area Committee in March 2011. This was approved at the Banff and Aberdeenshire Council - Committees and Meetings 27/01/15.

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