Highland Local Development Plan (HLDP)

A new Plan for Highland

We are currently preparing a new Local Development Plan for Highland. 

Local Development Plans show how local places will change in the future, including where development should and should not happen.

Place-based, people-centred, delivery-focused

The national context for the new Highland Local Development Plan (HLDP) is set out in National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4).

As sought by NPF4, we are aiming for the HLDP to be:

  • place-based, so that it is relevant, accessible, and useful to people with an interest in their place
  • developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders
  • based on robust evidence, so that it is deliverable

Preparing the Plan

The HLDP work programme includes the preparation of an Evidence Report towards the end of 2024 and a subsequent Gate Check, with the Proposed Plan stage towards the end of 2025.

We have begun gathering evidence for the HLDP which will continue into 2024, including checking and registering Local Place Plans

We will be formalising and updating our Regional Spatial Strategy.

We will also be reviewing our suite of Supplementary Guidance, to establish which aspects should be covered within the new Local Development Plan, which aspects should be covered within non-statutory planning guidance and any aspects no longer required.

A single Plan for Highland

We anticipate adopting the new, single HLDP towards the end of 2027, when it will replace all of our current Local Development Plans:

  • Highland-wide Local Development Plan
  • Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
  • Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan
  • West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan

Watch this space

We will be issuing an update to our Development Plans Newsletter in early 2024, which will give the latest HLDP timescales and more details on the arrangements for engagement.