Planning Application Reference: 170021/DPP Proposed Community and Sports Facilities, Football Academy, (comprising outdoor pitches, pavilion, ancillary buildings), Stadium (20,000 capacity), ancillary uses, formation of access roads, parking and associated landscaping and engineering works Land At West Kingsford (North Of The A944 Road) Skene Road Aberdeen AB15 8QR Objection on behalf of YOUR NAME HERE I object to the development on the following grounds. Were appropriate I have reference the relevant National or Local policies.
This application in contrary to Policy NE2 Green Belt which states that no development will be permitted in the Green Belt for purposes other than those essential for agriculture; woodland and forestry; recreational uses compatible with an agricultural or natural setting; mineral extraction/quarry restoration; or landscape renewal. The development of a football stadium and associated facilities is not permitted by any of the allowed exceptions to this policy as stated in the local development plan.
This application is contrary to the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan (2014), which is up-to-date and relevant to this application. The proposal will result in the loss of greenbelt land and have a negative impact on the City Centre which is itself able to accommodate either the redevelopment of the existing facilities at Pittodrie or the development at the previously identified site at Kings Links. The application is in an unsustainable location in that it will have a very small catchment in terms of access by walking, cycling and public transport compared to the City Centre.
This application in contrary to Policy NE2 Green Belt which states that no development will be permitted in the Green Belt for purposes other than those essential for agriculture; woodland and forestry; recreational uses compatible with an agricultural or natural setting; mineral extraction/quarry restoration; or landscape renewal. The development of a football stadium and associated facilities is not permitted by any of the allowed exceptions to this policy as stated in the development plan.
Section 25 of The Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 requires that planning applications should be determined in accordance with the prevailing development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. This application is for a site which is not identified in the adopted local development plan as a development opportunity. Given this context, the proposals within this application are clearly contrary to the development plan and, as a result, planning permission should be refused. There are no material considerations to indicate otherwise.
Scottish Planning Policy Paragraphs 58 and 59 of Scottish Planning Policy place a strong emphasis on the health and vibrancy of town centres. Para 63 states that Development Plans should identify and specify the functions of commercial centres. The subject site has not been designated or identified for proposed purposes. Furthermore the sequential town centre first approach of SPP para 68 would place development firstly in established areas and require justification as to the lack of suitable locations for a similar development in these locations.
The adopted LPD Policy C1 – City Centre Development – Regional Centre confirms that the City Centre is the preferred location for commercial and leisure development serving a city-wide or regional market.
Policy RT2 (Out of Centre Proposals) is applicable and states that retail, commercial and leisure development proposed at out-of-centre locations will be refused planning permission if it does not satisfy all of the stated requirements, including (in part): compliance with the sequential approach set out in policy RT1; accessible location; and, would have no significant adverse effect on travel patterns and air pollution. This development will have a major impact on travel patterns and impact access to the city centre and other town centres.
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