Council approves preparation of compulsory purchase orders for Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme

Aberdeen City Council today (Wednesday 14 December) approved a recommendation to initiate compulsory purchase orders for properties on the route of the £26.4 million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme.

The proposal was approved at a full Council meeting which also instructed officers to continue to attempt voluntary acquisition of buildings on the route.

Officers will submit the completed documents to a future full Council meeting for resolution on making the compulsory purchase orders.

Aberdeen City Council Transport and Regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “Our aim is to work to work closely and positively with communities and residents as the plans progress.

“While we still hope to acquire the properties on the route of the improvement scheme through ongoing discussions with property owners, we are taking this step in tandem to ensure that we deliver, on time, this £26.4 million scheme that will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, making it easier to get around the city.

“The Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme is of vital to the city’s transport infrastructure which in turn supports our ambitious transformational projects such as the City Centre Masterplan”.

Derelict buildings on Powis Terrace have already been earmarked for demolition in the coming weeks to allow work to go ahead with the Aberdeen City Council scheme, which will integrate with other major roads projects to help alleviate traffic congestion around the city.

It is one of several major infrastructure projects worth a total of £560million which are leading one of the biggest transformations the city has had – these include the third Don crossing, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the A96 Dyce Park and Choose and Link Road.