A consultation starts today/has started for residents in multi storeys into draft guidance for planning consents after eight of the buildings were given Category A listed status.

This guidance document has been prepared in response to the listed buildings status by Historic Environment Scotland earlier this year. These concrete buildings were constructed as part of the city’s post-WWII housing programme and are considered by HES to be of significant architectural interest and outstanding examples of Brutalist architectural style in multi-storey housing.

The eight blocks are Gilcomstoun Land, Porthill Court, Seamount Court, shop units at 152-158 (even numbers) at the Gallowgate including the multi-storey car park at West North Street, Virginia Court, Marischal Court, Thistle Court, Hutcheon Court, and Greig Court.

The guidance document, which was prepared by the City Council’s planning service, is aimed at being able to answer some common questions that homeowners and other stakeholders may have regarding the need for listed building consent and/or planning permission for works to these multi-storey buildings.

A traffic light system has been used to show how proposed works to these listed buildings will be categorised (green, amber, or red). It is hoped the easy-to-use format will be useful for homeowners and other stakeholders and will ensure a consistent approach to decision making across affected blocks.

The public consultation is available at https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning/aberdeen-listed-multis and runs until June 14 2021. After the consultation, all comments will be summarised and reported back to a future meeting of the Planning Development Management Committee.