The Development Framework has been planned to allow for growth over a number of years in line with the aims of the Local Development Plan (LDP). The LDP allocates Countesswells (OP58) to deliver 3,000 homes and 10ha of employment land by 2023.
The indicative phasing strategy is included in the Development Framework to ensure that the growth of the new community at Countesswells is achieved in a coherent and logical way, with the ability for each phase to function prior to future phases being developed. The overall approach to phasing is integrated; in each phase open space provision, streets, paths, SUDS, services and development are included as appropriate.
There are three broad phases which illustrate the key principles relating to the delivery of development and infrastructure. These principles are:
- Beginning construction where development can take advantage of existing infrastructure and where new and existing residents can benefit from any new facilities as early as is viable;
- Minimising the disruption caused by construction activity to local residents and road users during the development programme;
- Taking an integrated approach which combines open space, roads, services as well as development proposals in each phase;
- Delivering the proposed street network in stages as required by the development blocks, utilising the existing roads for early delivery where possible;
- Delivering an appropriate amount of core spaces and public realm proposals simultaneously with development, to help create a new setting and public amenity within each phase;
- Ensuring development takes place in a sequence that follows a co-ordinated approach and is not in isolated areas, helping to create an identity to the new community at Countesswells and the individual neighbourhoods;
- Ensuring that facilities – local shops, schools and community facilities – are in place to meet demand as required; and
- Ensuring that appropriate SUDs facilities are provided for each phase of development in line with the overall drainage strategy.
The Development Framework has evolved from a careful and detailed study and analysis of the Countesswells site and its strategic context to the west of Aberdeen City. It has taken into account the prime strategic nature of the site and its potential to develop as a place in its own right:
Following Aberdeen City Council’s ‘Masterplanning Guidance’ it establishes a flexible structure for development with five key strands.
- Landscape strategy
- Drainage strategy
- Access and connectivity strategy
- Land use strategy
- Phasing strategy