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Recently closed consultations

Consultation results are set out in our closed consultation reports.

1 Overview

Our consultation periods last between four to eight weeks. The consultations are open to the public for comment during this time.

After closing, all feedback from the consultation period is reviewed and compiled in a consultation report.

View closed consultations after April 2020.

Visit our publications section for closed consultation reports from before April 2020.

2 Listing of Aberdeen multi-storey flats

We asked for your views on our proposal that eight multi-storey blocks of flats in Aberdeen city centre become listed buildings. Dating from the 1950s to the 1970s, they include:

  • Gilcomstoun Land
  • Porthill Court
  • Seamount Court
  • Marischal Court
  • Virginia Court
  • Thistle Court
  • Hutcheon Court
  • Greig Court

After the Second World War there was a need to provide modern and healthy homes for Aberdonians and one of the solutions was to create redevelopment areas in the city centre which provided a new way of living with all the modern conveniences that we take for granted today, like hot water, bathrooms and parking.

It's very rare for buildings of this type to become listed buildings – only three other multi-storey blocks of flats in Scotland of this date are listed. The flats in Aberdeen would join this elite group of outstanding examples of large-scale housing developments.

While they are architecturally interesting in their use of granite and concrete and in their design, they also tell us much about Scotland’s ambitions as a nation in the second half of the last century. Public housing is a hugely important part of our story and one which hasn’t always had the recognition through listing which it deserves. The flats themselves are also now distinctive landmarks in their own right – rising up to 19 storeys at their highest and providing a focal point for views in the city.

About listing

Listing gives legal protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

To be listed a building must meet the criteria of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ as set out in the 1997 Act.

About the consultation

We consulted with those directly affected by the listing, including owners, occupiers and tenants and the planning authority, before taking a decision. We also welcome views from interested groups or individuals.

Our consultation took place from 14 October 2019 until 24 January 2020.

As part of the consultation we have held drop in events in Aberdeen (Mon 28 and Mon 11 Nov). Officers from Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeen City Council provided advice and information on the proposed listing and the future management of the multi-storeys storeys in meetings held with Aberdeen City Council’s elected members, Corporate Landlord, Masterplanning Design and Conservation and the City-wide Multi-storey Network between November 2019 and January 2020.

A report summarising the consultation was due to be published in February 2020, as we are providing a reduced service due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are delaying publishing this information and taking a final decision on listing at the moment.

Download the Designation Report of Handling [PDF, 2.18MB]

Read our news article on the flats

View the decision on our portal associated to these cases

For more information please contact Designations:
0131 668 8914

3 Revised guidance on local landscape designations

Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage invited comments on revised guidance on Local Landscape Areas (LLAs).

LLAs are scenic areas of high local value. Local authorities often give these landscapes a designation to protect them from damage and inappropriate development.

The revised guidance aims to help Planning Authorities identify or review their local landscape designation, and maximise their benefits. Councils use the guidance when preparing local development plans to ensure special qualities are safeguarded and enjoyed by the community. The planning tool can also help communities identify and celebrate landscapes which are especially valued locally.

Your feedback

Thank you for giving your feedback on the revised guidance.

This consultation closed on 3 March 2017 and the consultation report is being prepared.

For further details, contact

4 Climate Change and Environmental Action Plan 2019-24

We asked for your views on our draft Climate Change and Environmental Action Plan (CCEAP) 2019-24.

The document sets out how we aim to address the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change to our organisation and to the wider historic environment. It also outlines how we'll continue to support Scottish Government to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Your feedback

Thank you for giving your feedback on the CCEAP.

This consultation closed on Wednesday 19 June 2019 and the consultation report is being prepared.

If you would like to speak with us about this consultation or if you have any questions, please contact us: