Draft masterplans agreed for AECC sites

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Members of the public will be given the chance to have their say on draft masterplan documents for a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and the existing site at Bridge of Don.

Councillors unanimously agreed to begin a consultation process on the planning frameworks which will guide proposals for both locations, at Rowett North near the city’s airport and at the current AECC complex in Bridge of Don.

Members of the Communities Housing and Infrastructure committee were asked to approve the latest stage of plans to relocate the north-east’s biggest concert venue.

The consultations for the draft Rowett North masterplan, as well as the masterplan for the existing AECC site, will both take place over a six-week period.

Communities Housing and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Neil Cooney, said, “I would urge as many people as possible to get involved and have their say on the draft masterplans for these two development sites.

“The proposals for a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre are included within the City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan and it is important that the public have the opportunity to view the framework documents and make comments if they wish to do so.”

The Rowett North site is owned by the University of Aberdeen. The strategic decision to relocate the AECC followed an evaluation of the age of the current complex and its ability to host major events in the future.

The City Council has an agreement with Henry Boot Developments Ltd for the development of the Rowett North site.

The draft masterplan aims to establish design-led planning guidance that will inform what is expected to be a mixed-use development with the new AECC building as its centrepiece.

Under the terms of the approved masterplan process, the draft document has already been made available to the Dyce and Stoneywood Community Council and Bucksburn and Newhills Community Council for information.

The existing AECC site has been identified in the Proposed Aberdeen Local Development Plan (2015) as an opportunity site. The masterplan framework aims to reduce the risk of piecemeal and inappropriate development of the site.

It is hoped that it will reduce time in determining any future planning application by encouraging acceptable forms of development to be agreed publicly.

The framework also contributes towards meeting the demand for housing in the city, with a 25% affordable housing provision across the site.

The results of the consultation processes will be reported back to the committee, along with any proposed revisions to the draft masterplans, at a later date.