Councillors today (Thursday) agreed the modified draft of the Angus Local Development Plan at a meeting of Angus Council’s full council.
Their decision concludes the preparation of the ALDP, a document that provides a clear framework through to 2026 for the future growth and opportunities within Angus towns, villages and rural areas, while also protecting the qualities that make Angus a great place to live.
The final plan includes modifications put forward following an independent examination report from Scottish Government appointed Reporters concerning certain unresolved objections to the proposed plan.
The ALDP sets out the Local Authority’s overall view of where development should take place and allows Angus Council to plan effectively for future infrastructure and service provision. It provides clear and present guidance for all users of the planning process - from house extensions to major development applications.
According to the council there has been significant consultation and engagement throughout the process, which has included communities and various partners.
The ALDP identifies housing land to support the development of around 330 new homes each year, while giving continued support for existing sites and brownfield opportunities.
It identifies sites suitable for new housing at Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose, which were supported by the Reporters, along with sites at Edzell, Letham and Newtyle. They recommended that no additional or alternative sites be included.
The plan sets a requirement for 25 per cent of all new developments of more than 10 units to be provided as affordable housing.
It supports the continued expansion and development of existing employment sites and identifies about 117 hectares of new employment land that will provide increased flexibility to respond to emerging demands. There is continued support for new rural employment opportunities and diversification across the area.
The ALDP sets out the future approach for town centres, high quality design, renewables, built and cultural heritage and the protection of natural heritage.
It will now go forward to Scottish Ministers for formal adoption.
The Plan and its modifications can be viewed on the dedicated pages here: http://www.angus.gov.uk/info/20307/local_development_plan