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Local Development Plan

The West Lothian Local Development Plan will in time provide the framework against which planning applications are assessed and will be reviewed every five years to ensure an up to date plan is in place to guide future development in the area.

The Proposed Plan was published on the 12 October 2015. All documents relating to it can be viewed on the Proposed Plan page.

Representations received within the consultation period, and the council's proposed response to these, were considered by the Council Executive on 29 June 2016. The Council Executive subsequently authorised officers to proceed with the submission of the Proposed Plan to the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) for Examination and this formally commenced on 18 January 2017.

You can follow the progress of the LDP on the Examination page.

How is a Local Development Plan prepared?

Development Plan Scheme (DPS)

Sets out the timetable for the preparation and publication of the plan and also what is involved at each of the stages. It includes an outline of the opportunities for public involvement and consultation during the plan. The Development Plan Scheme is reviewed at least every year to provide an up-to-date picture of how the plan is progressing.

Main Issues Report (MIR)

Focuses on the key issues that are changing from the adoption of the last plans and will set out general proposals for development in the area, in particular where development should and should not occur. The Main Issue Report is the key consultation stage and was published in August 2014.

Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP)

Sets out the council's settled view as to how the development of West Lothian could and should take place and what the area might look like in the future. To help achieve this policies and development proposals will be set out in the LDP. To view these on the Proposed Plan webpage.


An independent Reporter will decide the format this will take, for example: a hearing, public local inquiry or through written submissions. Any unresolved representations from the proposed plan consultation will be part of the examination process.

Post Examination Modifications

Following examination the Reporter will prepare a report setting out their findings. The council is required to take on board the recommendations in this report and will amend the LDP in line with the recommendations.


The council will publicise its intention to adopt the LDP through a formal public notice.