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Development plans

These plans set out how Highland places could grow and change over time. We want to make sure anyone with an interest in the future of Highland communities has the chance to help prepare and review these plans. Register with our consultation portal to be kept up-to-date with changes to our plans. You can read about timescales and how to get involved in our Development Plans newsletter.  The newsletter acts as the Council’s Development Plan Scheme that we submit annually to Scottish Government. It confirms what the main areas of focus will be for our development plan work over the coming year and sets out our Participation Statement, indicating how it is intended to engage our communities and stakeholders on development plan preparation and place planning. This takes into account social distancing measures that are in place in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Highland-wide Local Development Plan

This plan contains general development policy for the whole of the Highland area.

Area Local Development Plans

The plans in these area guides should be read alongside the Highland-wide Local Development Plan:

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Delivery Programmes

These programmes set out the development and infrastructure projects needed to deliver our local development plans.

National Planning Framework

Find out about the Council's input to National Planning Framework 4, which is prepared by Scottish Government.

Approved Local Plans