Our planning team in Scotland continually monitors the status of Strategic and Local Development Plans, keeping you up to date with pending consultations which can provide opportunities for consideration of development sites.



  • Main Issues Report (MIR) - a key stage in the consultation process, this documents the pertinent changes and issues facing the local authority since the previous plan was adopted.
  • Proposed Local Development Plan (PLDP) - representative of the local authority's views, but is yet to be approved by ministers.
  • Local Development Plan (LDP) - sets out the vision and strategy for development in one local authority area.
  • LDP Adoption - the final stage in the LDP process whereby the plan is fully implemented.
  • Strategic Development Plan (SDP) - representative of the region's view on development (across many local authorities).
  • Division of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) – a Scottish Government department that is responsible for the administration of over 20 different types of casework.
  • Supplementary Guidance (SG) – expands on existing policies found within LDPs. Local authorities publish SG on various topics and a significant weighting is often given to these documents when assessing planning applications.
  • South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan (SESPlan) – sets out the context for development plans at a local level in the south-east region of Scotland (City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, the Scottish Borders and part of Fife Council).



The following LDPs may be of interest to you.

Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) - Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (PLDP2)

Consultation on PLDP2 commenced on the 1st December 2017. PLDP2 carried forward many policies found within PKC’s adopted LDP (2014), though the document has become more user-friendly with settlement allocations listed in alphabetical order and associated interactive maps included.

Further, PLDP2 has been strengthened by ensuring that the needs of Perth and Kinross’s residents are met in terms of housing and by developing stronger links to Perth’s City Plan, which details the framework for investment in strategic infrastructure, together with a 5 year delivery plan for development. The consultation period will run for 9-weeks, ending on the 2nd February 2018.

The remaining public events are:

  • 6th January 2018 (11am – 3pm) Perth Concert Hall
  • 10th January 2018 (3pm – 8pm) Kinross Loch Leven Community Campus
  • 13th January 2018 (11am – 3pm) Aberfeldy The Birks Cinema
  • 17th January 2018 (2pm – 7.30pm) Alyth Community Wing
  • 20th January 2018 (11am – 3pm) Crieff Strathearn Community Campus

Stirling Council - Review of Supplementary Guidance (SG)

Stirling Council currently have 36 SG documents which form part of the LDP (adopted September 2014). Before the council can re-adopt a SG document into their new LDP, it must be published to allow for comments. Consultation on the following four SGs is open until 12th January 2018:

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  • Houses in Multiple Occupation
  • Housing in the Countryside
  • Wind Energy Development

Cairngorms National Park– Main Issues Report (MIR) Consultation

Cairngorms National Park started their MIR consultation on the 17th November 2017. The consultation is to last a period of 15 weeks and will end on the 2nd March 2018. It sets out the following key questions for respondents:

  • How and where should development happen in future?
  • How can we capitalise on road and rail improvements?
  • How many new homes do we need and where should they go?
  • How do we protect the Park’s unique environment alongside development?
  • How do we provide essential facilities alongside development?
  • How do we protect and prepare for future events? (CNP, 2017)

Many site allocations and policies from Cairngorms National Park’s current LDP are expected to be carried forward. Gavin Miles, Head of Planning and Communities at Cairngorms National Park, suggested that there will also be significant changes to the LDP as well, with developer contributions for affordable housing expected to increase up to 45%, where there is thought to be a significant need.

Cairngorms National Park’s Proposed LDP (2020) is expected to be published for comment in September 2018.

The Highland Council – Draft Supplementary Guidance

The Highland Council’s draft SG on Developer Contributions was approved for consultation on the 8th November 2017. The SG will replace the 2013 edition and will be used as material guidance for the determination of planning applications within the Highland region. The Highland Council expect consultation to begin early in the new year. Exact dates are still to be confirmed. Bidwells will continue to keep our clients updated on the timescales for this consultation as they become clearer.


Dundee City Council – Response to PLDP 

Dundee City Council anticipate publishing the document containing their responses to the representations received on the PLDP (out for consultation during Autumn 2017) on or thereafter 15th January 2018. This is in advance of their committee meeting regarding this document on 22nd January 2018. Bidwells will consider this document, once published, and brief our clients on the impact of this document on their development aspirations.

West Lothian Council – LDP Examination

West Lothian Council’s Proposed LDP was sent to DPEA for examination in January 2017. DPEA updated West Lothian Council’s LDP case on the 11th of December 2017, releasing an Examination Report and a ‘table of reporter’s recommendations by issue’. West Lothian Council intend to submit the amended LDP to the Council Executive in Spring 2018.

The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) – LDP 2 Indicative MIR Dates and SG Update

CEC have scheduled their MIR consultation for LDP 2, which is set to commence in September 2018. This date is pending the adoption of SESPlan, in Spring 2018.

On the 3rd July 2017, Scottish Ministers sent out a Direction not to adopt CEC’s SG on Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery. Since this date, CEC submitted an amended version of SG to Scottish Ministers and a decision was issued on the 4th December 2017.

In accordance with section 22(8) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, Scottish Ministers again directed CEC not to adopt their SG. Ministers believed that the ‘Report of Consultation’ alongside CEC’s updated SG was the same document as previously submitted. CEC had therefore not undertaken a further consultation for their amended SG, which is not in accordance with ministerial direction.

Bidwells will continue to monitor this and will update clients when more information comes to light.


Making representations

It is incredibly important to make written representation early in the preparation of LDPs, as this maximises the opportunity for your development aspirations to be realised. Bidwells would be delighted to make representations on your behalf in respect of your development aspirations.

For clear, rationalised representations on any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.



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