This page gives an update on the production of new-style Local Development Plans and our work to ensure that local people can be involved in the process. Find out on how to get involved in your LDP below.

What is a Local Development Plan?

A Local Development Plan (LDP) shows how local places will change into the future, including where development should and should not happen. They are prepared by the Planning Authority (usually a local Council).

Planning authorities must take into account the National Planning Framework and any registered local place plans for the area. Local Place Plans are a non-statutory plan which can be produced by local communities giving their views on how they would like to see their area develop in the future.

Local Development Plans become part of the statutory development plan, along with the National Planning Framework.

We believe that communities should be at the centre of Local Development Plans and the process should be made simple and straightforward for them to engage with, and that communities should be engaged proactively by the planning authorities.

Read some of our resources on Local Development Planning:

We have teamed up with Planning Democracy to run a series of four webinars on different aspects of the new National Planning Framework 4 and the planning system. You can watch recordings of them now.

News on How to get Involved

Select your local council for more information on how to input to your Local Development Plan. These are the projected timescales for each stage of engagement in Local Development Plans, though are always subject to change.

Cairngorms National Park

Caringorms National Park is planning to adopt their new Local Development Plan in early 2027. The carried out early stakeholder engagement throughout 2023 and early 2024, and will likely publish a proposed plan in early 2026. Local Place Plans, which will inform the Local Development Plan, can also be submitted by community groups until May 2024. More information on this can be found through the link below.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The next LDP for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is currently in preparation. Consultation on the next plan will begin in 2024. More information on timescales can be found through the link below.

North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire’s new Local Development Plan is due to be adopted in late 2026. They will be running engagement surveys throughout 2024 and will likely consult on a proposed plan in late 2025. Local Place Plans can also be submitted by community groups until June 2024, which will then inform the area’s Local Development Plan.

Highland Council

Highland Council are planning on adopting their new Local Development Plan in 2027. Early engagement consultations will happen throughout 2023 and early 2024. They plan to consult on the proposed plan in late 2025. A formal invitation for community groups to submit Local Place Plans was also issued in June 2023, and plans must be submitted by 28th June 2024 to be inform the Local Development Plan.

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council adopted their latest LDP in 2023, are planning on adopting their new Local Development Plan in 2027. They have launched an engagement hub, where they will be consulted on early surveys throughout 2023. They plan on holding a call for ideas from summer 2024 until spring 2025 and publish a proposed plan in early 2026. Local community groups can also submit Local Place Plans to inform the Local Development plan until late 2024. You can find more information and sign up for updates through the links below.

Fife

You can sign up for updates on Fife’s Local Development Plan through the link below. Fife Council ran early engagement surveys during 2023, plan on publishing a proposed plan in summer 2026, and plan to adopt the new plan in late 2027.

Community groups can also contribute Local Place Plans which will inform the Local Development Plan. The deadline for submissions is January 2024.

East Lothian

East Lothian Council plan on adopting their new LDP in early 2026, and will publish their proposed plan in early 2025. Community groups can also submit Local Place Plans to inform the Local Development Plan. These should be submitted by Spring 2024.

Midlothian

Midlothian Council have launched a Citizen Space page, which has information on ongoing activities for early engagement in Local Development Plan preparation. They also issued invitations in 2023 to known community groups to prepare a Local Place Plan, which will then inform the Local Development Plan, more information on which can be found below. They plan on adopting the new Plan in late 2026, and publishing the proposed plan for consultation in late 2025.

Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council are conducting early engagement throughout 2023 and 2024, and plan on consulting on their proposed plan in Spring/Summer 2026. They will adopt their new plan in late 2027.

For community groups who wish to produce a local place plan, information and an expression of interest form can be found on the button below.

Stirling

Stirling Council plan on publishing their proposed plan for consultation in Spring 2026, and formally adopting the plan in 2027. They have also set up a resource hub for Local Place Plans, which is accessible through the link below.

Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross Council held their early engagement activities throughout 2023, and plan on consulting on the proposed plan from Spring/Summer 2026. They plan on adopting their new plan in Spring/Summer 2027. You can find more information and sign up for updates through the link below.

Community groups can also submit Local Place Plans, which should inform the Local Development Plan. Local Place Plans that are registered by 31 January 2025 will have most opportunity to be taken into account when preparing the Local Development Plan

West Lothian

West Lothian Council have launched this page for information and opportunities for public engagement. They plan on consulting on a proposed plan from early 2025 and adopting the new plan in Spring/Summer 2026. Community groups can also submit Local Place Plans which will inform the Local Development Plan. For these to be most influential, they should be submitted by 31st May 2024.

Falkirk

Falkirk Council are planning on consulting on the proposed plan from late 2026, and plan on adopting the new plan in Summer/Autumn 2027. They have issued an invitation for community groups to submit Local Place Plans, as well as assistance in doing so. The deadline for community groups to submit a Local Place Plan for their area is April 2025.

You can find more information and sign up to updates through the links below.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has begun work on City Development Plan 2, the Local Development Plan for the area. They plan on consulting on the proposed plan from Spring/Summer 2026, and adopting the new plan in Spring/Summer 2027. You can find out more information and sign up to the LDP mailing list through the link below.

More information on Local Place Plans can be found through the link below.

Inverclyde

From 2024, work will begin on a new Local Development Plan for Inverclyde. More information can be found through the link below.

West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire Council decided not to implement the LDP they proposed in 2023 following the response from Scottish Ministers surrounding alterations to the plan. Currently the proposed plan is not part of the statutory development plan for the West Dunbartonshire planning authority area but is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. More information on this and the preperation of West Dunbartonshire’s new LDP can be found through the link below.

Community groups can also submit Local Place Plans, which should inform the Local Development Plan, by 30th June 2025.

The Council has recently finalised its 2023 Development Plan Scheme and Participation Statement, which provides more information about the Local Development Plan, the process and timetable for preparing it, and how you can participate in the preparation of the Plan. More information on getting involved in the LDP preparation process will be available in due course.

Clackmannanshire

Clackmannanshire Council introduced their latest Local Development Plan in 2015, and plan on introducing their next Plan by mid-2028. They completed the evidence gathering stage in 2023, and plan on consulting on the proposed plan in mid-2027.

Further information can be found on the Council’s Local Development Plan page. The Council have also provided information on Local Place Plans, should any community group wish to register one.

Dundee

Dundee Council launched their current LDP in 2019. They are currently at the early stages of preparing a new plan, and are running early engagement activities until autumn 2024. They plan on publishing a proposed plan for consultation in early 2027, and finalising and adopting the new plan in early 2028.

The Council will post updates and engagement activities through their LDP webpage. Information and guidance on Local Place Plans can also be found through the link below.

Angus

Angus Council ran early engagement activities through 2023, and plan on consulting on their evidence report in mid-2024. They plan on consulting on thier proposed plan in spring/summer 2028, and plan on adopting thier new plan in late 2029. You can sign up to updates through their e-bulletin below.

More information on Local Place Plans can be found through the link below. For a plan to be considered in preparing the next Local Development Plan, it should be submitted to the Council by 31st December 2025.

City of Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council submitted the proposed City Plan 2030 for examination in December 2022, and the Plan will be adopted from 2040 onward. The next Plan, City Plan 2040, will be part of the new-style LDPs. You can join the mailing list for City Plan 2040 by emailing cityplan2040@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Community groups can prepare Local Place Plans, which will be taken into consideration when preparing City Plan 2040. More information on these can be found through the button below.

Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City Council adopted their newest LDP in June 2023. They plan on running early engagement activities throughout 2023 and 2024, and opening a call for ideas in the beginning of 2025. Consultation on the proposed plan should run from mid to late 2026, and the finalised plan will be adopted in late 2027.

Any community groups wishing to submit a Local Place Plan should do so before 30th September 2025 for it to be considered in the development of the next Local Development Plan.

Further information on this can be found through the link below, and you can also subscribe to updates by emailing ldp@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council adopted their latest Local Development Plan (LDP2) in 2022, and have begun to prepare their next Plan (LDP3). They completed early engagement surveys in 2023, and are due to issue a call for ideas and publish the proposed plan for consultation from Autumn/Winter 2026.

Community groups can also submit Local Place Plans by June 2025 to influence LDP3. More information on these can be found through the button below.

Moray

Moray Council are in the process of preparing their new LDP, which will likely be adopted in 2027. They ran early engagement events and a Call for Ideas in 2023, and the consultation on the proposed plan will likely begin in 2025.

The Council have also made available resources, templates, and further information on Local Place Plans. These should be finalised by the end of 2024.

Na h-Eileanan Siar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have a website for updates on their LDP process, which is accessible through the button below. They plan on publishing a proposed Plan for consultation in late 2026, and adopting the new Plan in mid 2027.

Community groups can also prepare and submit a Local Place Plan. For these to be considered in the preparation of the next Local Development Plan, they should be submitted by September 2024. More information on this can be found through the link below.

You can also sign up to their newsletter by emailing localdevplan@cne-siar.gov.uk

Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute’s latest Local Development Plan was adopted in February 2024. They have consulted on the Participation Statement for 2024 for the preparation of the new Plan. The indicative timeline for this process shows that they plan to begin early engagement in late 2024 and to adopt the new Plan in early 2028. Information on Local Place Plans can also be found below.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list regarding Argyll and Bute’s Local Development Plans, please email ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council adopted a new Local Development Plan for the area in April 2024. You can find more information on this and sign up for updates through the button below. They plan to adopt the area’s next plan in 2028.

South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire introduced their current LDP in 2022. The Council will run public engagement events during 2024 and early 2025, and they plan to hold a Call for Ideas from early 2025 to mid 2026. They then plan on publishing a proposed plan for consultation in 2026 and to adopt the new Local Development Plan in early 2028.

For community groups interested in submitting a Local Place Plan, further information and resources can be found through the button below.

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Council pare running engagement events during Summer 2024. They plan on publishing a proposed plan for consultation during Winter 2027, and to publish a final plan in early 2028. Guidance and resources for community groups wishing to prepare a Local Place Plan can also be found through the link below. Community groups preparing a Plan may also be able to receive a small grant to support this work.

You can sign up for updates on this through the link below.

South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire Council are running public consultation events through summer 2024, and plan on publishing a proposed plan for consultation in mid-2026. The new Plan will then be adopted in late 2027.

Information and resources on Local Place Plans can also be found through the link below.

Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders Council will adopt their latest Local Development Plan in 2024. More information and updates on Local Development Plans and Local Place Plans can be found through the link below.

Orkney

Orkney Council are in the process of preparing their next LDP and are running engagement events in early 2024. They plan on consulting on the proposed plan before Autumn 2026, and to adopt the new plan in early 2027. Community groups can also submit local place plans by the end of March 2025 for consideration in the preparation of the new Plan.

You can be added to the mailing list for updates by emailing devplan@orkney.gov.uk

Shetland

Shetland Council plan on adopting their next Local Development Plan in 2028. They will be running evidence gathering activities until Summer 2025. Information and guidance on preparing a Local Place Plan can also be found through the link below. You can be kept up to date by signing up to their email list by contacting Development.Plans@shetland.gov.uk.

Video Explainer – New Local Development Plans

This is an extract of a webinar we organised along with Planning Democracy on the new Local development plan process. Alasdair Edwards is a Principal Reporter at the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division of the Scottish Government (DPEA). The DPEA have a key role in the production of LDPs.

This presentation includes:

  • How National Planning Framework 4 affects Local Development Plans.
  • The LDP process – when you can get involved and how.
  • Local place plans (how these might inform LDPs).
  • Regional Spatial Strategies (how these fit into the new system).

Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans (LPPs) can be created by a community and the Local authority should ‘have regard to’ any adopted LPPs when writing their Local Development Plan. There is no obligation for Local Authorities to include elements of LPPs, however, and so we are interested to see how much regard is given to LPPs as new LDPs are rolled out.

Local Place Plans can be very time consuming and expensive to create and need to be done by a geographically based constituted group – such as a Community Council or Development Trust and not all communities have these types of bodies in their areas. For this reason we are keeping a watching brief on the effectiveness of LPPs. Our position is that communities can still seek to influence a new LDP even if they don’t produce an LPP.

The SG has produced some information and guidance on LPPs as have Planning Aid Scotland.

Local Place Plans Guidance

The Our Place website is devoted to promoting the benefits of place and place-based working, they have some guidance on Local Place Plans. You can see all their resources here

Local Place Plans Template

Moray Council have produced a simplified template for creating a Local Place Plan. It would still mean a lot of work but potentially means that a community could create one themselves.

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