The development plan guides the future use of land and the appearance of places indicating where development should or should not happen. It sets out the best locations for new homes and businesses and protects places of value to the people and wildlife. The development plan is the starting point in making any planning decisions.
Highland-wide Local Development Plan
The Highland-wide Local Development Plan (HwLDP) was adopted by the Highland Council on 5th April 2012. The Plan sets out the overarching vision statement, spatial strategy and general planning policies for the whole of the Highland Council area, except the area covered by the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan.
Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
Alternative Sites and Land Use Consultation *New*
In response to the consultation of the Main Issues Report the Council received comments from around 900 individuals, groups and organisations. Some people promoted sites that had not previously been considered. Others proposed alternative land uses on certain sites that had been included in the Main Issues Report. In addition comments were received suggesting further changes to the Hinterland around Towns boundary; likewise to the Special Landscape Area (SLA) boundaries as well as suggesting entirely new SLAs.
The Council is undertaking an online consultation on these sites and further information is available on the Online Local Development Plan page. Consultation closes on 30 June.
**Please be aware that due to essential system maintenance by Fujitsu, the Online Local Development Plan will be unavailable from approximately 8pm on Sunday 26 May until approximately 9am on Monday 27 May. Please do not try to use the system during this time.**
The Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan Main Issues Report is the first of the three area Local Development Plans to reach consultation. Further information can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan
Initial stages of the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan process have now begun. This will be the second of three area Local Development Plans to be prepared. Further information can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Highland Development Plan Scheme
The Development Plan Scheme sets out how and when we will be preparing our Local Development Plans and other related documents. The Development Plan Scheme can be viewed by clicking the link below.
If you would like more information or to get involved in the production of future plans please contact us in one of the following ways:
(01349) 886 608
Director of Planning and Development
The Highland Council
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Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is an independent organisation which offers a free* and impartial planning helpline. Advice is provided by volunteers all of whom are qualified planners. PAS also offers a series of planning information sheets online.
PAS works across Scotland to improve public engagement in planning and delivers a range of training and education programmes.
*subject to eligibility