Ryden | Planning

Claire Coutts

Claire Coutts



Claire has extensive experience of promoting sites through the Development Plan process; preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications; conducting planning appeals; preparation of Development Frameworks and Masterplans; public consultation; and developer obligation negotiations.

She has experience of dealing with residential, commercial and mixed use developments throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus and Perthshire.



Successfully promoted 885 houses and 11 hectares of employment land at Laurencekirk through the Local Development Plan process for Kirkwood Homes Ltd. Subsequently worked with multi-disciplinary teams to prepare the Development Framework and Masterplan and obtained planning permission for Phase 1 of the site.


Preparation and approval of Planning Briefs, Development Frameworks and Masterplans for Stewart Milne Homes, the Rowett Research Institute, Dunecht Estates, the University of Aberdeen and Kirkwood Homes.

Planning Applications

Submission and ongoing negotiation of planning applications for various clients in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus and Perth. This has included public consultation for various residential and commercial sites for Stewart Milne Homes, Dandara, Kirkwood Homes, Westhill Development Company and Hunting Energy Services.