Planning - long term and area policies
The development plan is a document that sets out how places should change and what they could be like in the future and is land use based plan but which has implications for the way we live our lives. It says what type of development should take place where, and which areas should not be developed. It sets out the best locations for new homes and businesses and protects places of value to people or wildlife.
The plan also helps development to take place quickly by describing how any new or improved facilities, such as roads, schools and parks, will be provided.
You may be interested in the National Planning Framework (presently NPF2 that will be superseded in 2013 by NPF3 that sets the national context for development plans. NPF sets the context for development planning in Scotland and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole. Work has started on the third NPF (NPF3) which will set out the Government's development priorities over the next 20-30 years.
Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) also has to be taken account of in the preparation of development plans. This was approved by Scottish Ministers in February 2010. Work has started on a replacement Scottish Planning Policy document that you may be interested in finding more about, which is due to be published in 2013.
The following information gives more detail than the local plan on long term development policies for West Lothian, this includes the structure plan that covers our area and neighbouring councils, namely the approved Edinburgh and the Lothians Structure Plan 2004 (new window). The adopted West Lothian Local Plan (new window) will in time, be superseded by the West Lothian Local Development Plan (new window). The first key stage of this Local Development Plan is the Main Issues Report that is due to be published in the summer of 2013.