Strategic Development Plan
The Edinburgh and South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan Authority (SESplan), which was designated by Scottish Ministers on 25 June 2008 comprises the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian councils. The key role of SESplan is to prepare and maintain an up to date strategic development plan (SDP) for the area. This process will involve engaging key stakeholders and the wider community. The SDP when completed will replace the existing Edinburgh and Lothians Structure Plan, the Fife Structure Plan (in part) and the Scottish Borders Structure Plan. In addition, the individual councils will have to prepare Local Development Plans (LDP) in order to implement the requirements of the new SDP.
The report of the Examination of the proposed Strategic Development Plan was published on 12 April 2013 and has now been submitted to Scottish Ministers. The Reporters' have recommended modifications to the plan. Scottish Ministers now have seventeen weeks in which to decide to approve the plan with or without modifications or reject it. Further details can be found on the DPEA website (new window) or on SESplan website (new window).
SESplan Urban Capacity Study 2009
An urban capacity study (UCS) was carried out in 2009 for the SESplan area with the aim of providing quantitative housing windfall values to assist in the formation and justification of future SDP Housing Policy. The study identifies specific sites (which at that time) were deemed to have a reasonable likelihood of being developed and estimated the capacity of each site.
It should however be understood that not all of the sites identified in the study will necessarily be developed for housing and other sites that have not been identified may also come forward in due course. It is also important to be aware that inclusion of the sites in the UCS does not represent an endorsement of these sites by the council.
Maps identifying the sites can, if required, be obtained on request.
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