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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 2021 version of the newsletter remains the most up to date with an update to follow later in 2022 - as agreed by our Infrastructure & Environment Committee - outlining how we will take account of new guidance and regulations for the preparation of development plans.

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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Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans allow communities to submit ideas and proposals for their area that can be taken into consideration while the Local Development Plan for their area is being prepared. 

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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.

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