Aberdeen Football Club and Aberdeen FC Community Trust have submitted a planning application for a new stadium and community facilities at land at Kingsford. The application is classed as a ‘major development’ and also a significant departure from the Local Development Plan. In those circumstances, and in keeping with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the proposal falls to be the subject of a Pre-Determination Hearing before elected members of Aberdeen City Council.
The Pre Determination Hearing will take place from 9.30am on Wednesday 13 September 2017. Individuals who have previously submitted a representation in regards to the proposed stadium are entitled to participate in the Pre Determination Hearing and should individuals wish to do so, should contact Lynsey McBain on email@example.com or Mark Masson on firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you for any reason be unable to participate directly in the hearing process, your letter or email will remain part of the determination process.
The deadline for individuals to get in touch in order to be allowed to speak at the hearing is 5pm on Friday 25 August 2017. Please note that the Pre Determination Hearing may be recorded and streamed on the council’s website.
If you have not previously submitted a representation to the planning authority you will not be allowed to participate in the Pre Determination Hearing.
Your Questions on the Planning Process Answered
What is a pre-determination hearing?
If an application classified as a major development is significantly contrary to the local development plan then a hearing will be conducted to allow those who have made representations to appear and be heard by the relevant local committee.
Why is more information required if the Club has already put together a comprehensive planning application?
As this is a major planning application, there will be more detailed environmental impact assessment scrutiny and we have therefore been asked for additional environmental surveys in relation to amphibians and invertebrate species to be conducted.
Will the new information required to be consulted upon?
The application will be re-advertised and there will be a further 28 day consultation period to allow feedback on the new information only.
Will people still have the opportunity to object or support the proposals?
Feedback will be restricted to the new information asked for – not the entire development as this has already been through the consultation process.
Does this mean that those who have already supported or objected will have to do so again?
No. Existing expressions of support or objection will still stand. However, this is another opportunity for fans to demonstrate their support and comment on the additional reports and studies. Your support is very much encouraged.
How can the Club still meet the original timescales if there is a 3-4 month delay on decision?
We are potentially only talking about a 12 week delay and, through careful planning and re-phasing of specific elements of the work, we can still complete the community sports hub and training facilities during 2018 with the new stadium completed in time for the 2020/21 season.