New plan to guide development in Caithness and Sutherland

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CaSPlan logo

The Highland Council is pleased to announce that today (Friday 31 August 2018) it has adopted the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan).

CaSPlan has replaced the Caithness Local Plan and the Sutherland Local Plan with immediate effect and will be used to guide decisions on planning applications.

Guiding development and investment in the Caithness and Sutherland area, CaSPlan seeks to deliver key outcomes for growing communities, employment, connectivity and transport, plus environment and heritage. It also provides greater certainty to local communities and the development industry on how development sites should be delivered in order to make good places for people to live and work.

The Plan has been prepared in consultation with a range of stakeholders and reflects the outcome of a comprehensive engagement process, including independent scrutiny at Examination.

Now that the Plan has been adopted the focus will turn to implementing it.  A key part of this will be the finalisation, this autumn, of the associated Action Programme and subsequent delivery of it.

The Council will publish the adopted version of CaSPlan soon. In the meantime, anyone wishing to read the Plan should refer to the ‘Intention To Adopt’ version which is available on - the adopted CaSPlan does not differ in any significant way from it.

31 Aug 2018