Consultation begins on Draft Nigg Bay Development Framework

Aberdeen City Council has launched a public consultation on the Draft Nigg Bay Development Framework – a document which seeks to maximise the potential of land around the planned expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.

The Draft Framework has been produced by planning and design consultants Barton Willmore on behalf of Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Harbour Board and Scottish Enterprise.

Aberdeen Harbour Board is proposing to create additional facilities at Nigg Bay in a direct response to capacity constraints at the existing harbour, with the consent applications due to be submitted in November.

Running alongside the separate consenting process which is underway for the harbour expansion at Nigg Bay, the aim of the Draft Nigg Bay Development Framework is to consider how to maximise the opportunities presented by investment in the harbour expansion and facilitate cohesive and properly planned growth.

In particular, the co-ordination of essential infrastructure and promotion of the efficient use of land around the proposed harbour expansion area, including existing industrial sites at Altens and East Tullos.

The Draft Framework area also covers the eastern edge of Torry, a proportion of the Coast Road, Ness and East Tullos landfill sites as well as surrounding green space.

The Draft Framework focuses on three key phases: the new harbour facility at Nigg Bay and improvements to Coast Road, upgrades to the road network in and around Altens and the provision of a direct link from Nigg Bay to East Tullos.

Members of the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure (CH&I) Committee unanimously agreed at a meeting on August 27 to go out to consultation. The six week process commenced on Wednesday, September 30 at 9am and will run until Wednesday, November 11 at 5pm.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure, Councillor Neil Cooney, said: "This is a major development and it is right that we ensure it is managed properly at every stage.

"This draft framework sets the context for detailed masterplans that will be brought forward for Nigg Bay, East Tullos and Altens at a later date."

For further information, and to view the documents published for consultation, visit the Aberdeen City Council website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/consultations or www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/masterplanning

Alternatively, copies of the documents can be viewed at Marischal College, Reception, Broad Street, Aberdeen, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The documents are also available in the Central, Torry, Kincorth, Ferryhill and Cove libraries and at local community centres.

There will also be consultation "drop-in" sessions at Tullos Learning Centre, Girdleness Road on Thursday, October 8 from 6pm to 9pm, Torry Library, Victoria Road on Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 1pm and Torry Library, Victoria Road again on Wednesday, October 14 from 3pm to 7pm.

All responses to the consultation should be directed by email to ldp@aberdeencity.gov.uk or to the following address;

Masterplanning Design and Conservation Team,

Planning and Sustainable Development,

Communities, Housing and Infrastructure,

Aberdeen City Council

Business Hub 4

Ground Floor North
Marischal College

AB10 1AB

It is expected that results will be reported back to the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee on January 20, 2016.