Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan

Background documents

In preparing a Local Development Plan, we are required to carry out background assessments and analysis to inform the policies and proposals identified in the plan.

Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan 2

Main Issues Report

The Plan is currently under review and a range of background documents are therefore available, these are provided in the links below. Should you wish to read any of the background documents relating to the adopted Plan, please scroll down to the 'Adopted Plan' section below.

Adopted Plan

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

As with all plans, policies and strategies the Council produces, the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan has been subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment to assess the level of significance of any environmental impacts.

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

The Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 require that certain plans which are likely to have a significant effect on a Natural 2000 site must be subject to an appropriate assessment by the plan-making authority. The process for determining whether an appropriate assessment is required, together with the appropriate assessment itself - where necessary - is known as Habitats Regulations Appraisal. The Highland Council have worked in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage to prepare a Habitats Regulation Appraisal (including appropriate assessment) of the Proposed Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.

Habitats Regulation Appraisal

Transport appraisal

A transport appraisal has been undertaken to support the plan. It was informed by a transport model that assessed the likely impacts of development promoted in the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan on the transport network.

Housing land requirement background paper

This background note explains the housing land requirement for the Inner Moray Firth plan area from the Council’s housing need and demand assessment, and identifies the likely contribution from windfall sites during the plan period. It also provides an explanation of the way in which housing and mixed use site capacities were calculated for the plan.

Housing land requirement background paper

Education provision in the Inverness - Nairn Corridor

This note examines secondary school role forecasts and school capacity in the Inverness – Nairn Corridor and outlines the case for collecting developer contributions towards the cost of increased capacity.

Developer contributions for secondary education

Equalities Impact Assessment

This looks at how plans and policies might affect different groups within the community and makes sure we provide a service for everyone.

Equalities Impact Assessment 

Monitoring statement

A monitoring statement, which assess changes in the characteristics of an area and the success or otherwise of previous planning policies.

IMF monitoring statement

Assessment of Highland Special Landscape Areas  

Information about Special Landscape Area Citation.

Special Landscape Area Citation