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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The timescales for preparing our development plans in Highland are under review due to staff working from home and also being redeployed. 

We will update this webpage with new information about these timescales as soon as possible.  In the interim, please contact the Development Plan Team via if you need planning policy advice or information further to that shown here.

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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.

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