Councillors asked to agree publication of LDP2

At the meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council next week (12 December), Councillors will be asked to approve the proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) and agree to its publication for an 8 week period for the public to make representations. If Councillors approve the Plan, then it is proposed to public the plan for an extended 8 week period between 29 January – 26 March 2018.

Once adopted, the LDP2 will become the basis for decision making on planning applications and provide a framework for future development and infrastructure investment decisions by both the private and public sector.

Production of the Proposed Plan represents a major stage in the Development Plan process setting out the Council's view as to the content of the final adopted LDP2, adoption of which must be by September 2019 in order to comply with the requirements of the Planning Act.

Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray, said "I am pleased that this updated LDP2 will be presented to Councillors next week. Earlier this year, Councillors agreed to adopt the Administration's Council Plan, outlining the Priorities for our Council and our commitment to Building the Local Economy is one of our key Priorities in that Plan. The LDP2 is a key document in assisting our Council in achieving this priority. It provides the vision for how our local communities will grow and develop in the future. It provides certainty for communities and investors alike about where development should take place in the region and where it should not and the supporting infrastructure that will be required for growth."

Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Rob Davidson, said "This is a really positive report that really underlines why this proposed LDP2 is so important because it supports our vision for the future development of Dumfries and Galloway. This LDP2 seeks to promote sustainable economic growth by setting out a land use framework which builds upon the special qualities of our area which make it an attractive place to live and do business, whilst at the same time recognising the importance of place making and protecting our most valuable build and natural assets. That's why it's vital residents' give their views on the Plan. If the committee approve the Plan, we will provide people with an opportunity to have their say and help shape the future of where they live."

Copies of the Development Plan Scheme, along with the latest LDP2, are available on the Council's website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/LDP. This webpage also contains other related planning guidance documents, including those that are currently out for public consultation.