Highland-wide Local Development Plan
The Highland-wide Local Development Plan (HwLDP) is our vision for the whole area (excluding the area covered by the Cairngorms National Park which has its own plan) and sets out how land can be used by developers for the next 20 years. The HwLDP should be read alongside the Area Local Development Plans, any Local Plans which are still in place and our A-Z of development guidance.
We started the process of reviewing the HwLDP with a Main Issues Report consultation in 2016. In December 2017 the Scottish Government published a Planning Bill outlining potential changes to the Scottish planning system. This includes possible changes to the content of Local Development Plans and how they are prepared, and a broadening of the issues covered by national policy namely Scottish Planning Policy. In light of these changes we think that the review of the HwLDP should be postponed until the implications of the Planning Bill are more clearly understood.
Based on an initial review of all the comments received, an interim position on the issues raised was agreed by the 17 August 2016 Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee. This interim position will inform the future stages of the HwLDP review.
Other background documents which relate to the application of HwLDP policies and form evidence for the plan's review include:
- Housing in the Countryside - 2016 Policy Update - Use of Legal Agreements (refer to HwLDP Policy 35 Housing in the Countryside - Hinterland areas)
- Fragile Areas Map, Highland & Island Enterprise 2015 (refer to HwLDP Policy 36 Development In The Wider Countryside and HwLDP Policy 57 Natural, Built and Cultural Heritage)
- Housing Need and Demand Assessment
- Equalities Impact Assessment
- Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Monitoring Statement
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