News: 17 June 2016Proposed Aberdeen Harbour expansion secures planning permission

Leading Planning and Design consultancy Barton Willmore is delighted to announce that Aberdeen Harbour Board has secured planning permission in principle to facilitate the creation of additional deepwater facilities associated with the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project at the Bay of Nigg.

Approval of the plans will assist in the delivery of a ‘national development’ expressly identified as a national priority by the Scottish Government. The project is one of only 14 national developments designated within the National Planning Framework 3, and funding for the project has also formed a significant part of the £250 million City Deal for Aberdeen.

The plans will help facilitate the provision of major infrastructure that would afford greater diversity and enhance the capabilities of the marine, renewable and other offshore industry sectors within Scotland.

The application provides in principle approval for inland infrastructure works required to support the new facilities including new roads, parking, provision of footpaths/cyclepaths, temporary construction and fabrication areas and other associated development.

The harbour expansion would bring extensive job creation, and economic and social regeneration to the North East and the wider Scottish economy.

Stephen Tucker, Partner at Barton Willmore’s Edinburgh office, said: “This is an important milestone and we are delighted to have secured consent. This project is the culmination of a lot of hard work and positive engagement between Aberdeen Harbour Board, Aberdeen City Council, the local community and consultees."

He adds: “This outcome allows the project to move one step closer to construction. We look forward to working with Aberdeen Harbour Board and Aberdeen City Council ahead of construction, to assist with forthcoming planning and engagement in relation to the harbour expansion.”

Colin Parker, the Harbour Board’s Chief Executive, added, “This is a significant event and an important piece of the jigsaw in our feasibility study into expansion. We recognise the hard work that has gone into this achievement and appreciate the support by our elected officials that this approval represents."


Extensive consultation was undertaken with the local community, customers and stakeholders prior to the submission of the application. This included a number of public exhibitions – all of which outlined overall support for the proposed development.

The permission was granted by Aberdeen City Council’s Full Committee on 11 May 2016 with a resounding show of support by Members, who approved the proposed development by 39 votes to 2.

Prior to construction, a Harbour Revision Order, issued by Transport Scotland, is required for inland harbour-related works with Marine Licence approval also required from Marine Scotland for all marine-based components. Respective applications have been submitted and are currently being considered by the relevant authorities.

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