West Highland and Islands Proposed Local Development Plan
People are being encouraged to have their say on the West Highland and Islands Proposed Local Development Plan, also known as WestPlan, which sets out Highland Council’s view on how and where the area should grow in the future. Once adopted, the Plan will replace the existing local plans for this area.
The Council has published the proposed 20 year template for growth for the West Highland and Islands area, which includes Wester Ross, Lochalsh, Skye and Lochaber.
WestPlan focuses on the growth of larger settlements in the plan area, while strengthening smaller communities and supporting sustainable rural growth. WestPlan also identifies economic development opportunities, including support for major ongoing investments at the Fort William Smelter and Kishorn Yard.
The proposed Plan takes account of feedback gathered through previous consultations including a Main Issues Report which ran during 2016. It has been prepared in cooperation with many organisations, agencies and community groups and seeks to coordinate efforts to achieve consensus aims and outcomes.
The public consultation runs until 30 June 2017. The easiest way to view the Plan and make any comments is online at consult.highland.gov.uk where instructions on making comments can also be found.
The document may also be viewed at public and mobile libraries in the Plan area.
Comments must be received by the Council no later than 12 noon on Friday 30 June 2017.