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Understanding planning advice

Under the new planning legislation, the term "supplementary guidance" has been introduced to reflect that guidance which is part of the development plan and has "material weight" in deciding planning applications. To avoid confusion with other historic advice termed "supplementary planning guidance" Aberdeenshire Council has republished all of this as "planning advice" and for ease of reference has consolidated it here in one place.

Planning advice provides best practice guidance on how to meet the requirements of the Local Development Plan and its associated supplementary guidance.

A number of Development Briefs and Masterplans were approved under the previous Local Plan as Supplementary Planning Guidance but have now been carried forward as Planning Advice under the current Local Development Plan. View Development Briefs and Masterplans.

Review of advice is a continuous process and the policy team monitor the supplementary planning guidance, and refresh it as required. The list below represents all the most up to date planning advice:

In addition in 2015 the Economic Development function have provided advice on obtaining community benefits from renewable energy developments, including wind turbines. View our 1 /2004 Retail Impact Assessment (PDF 211KB).