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Strategic Development Plan

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland Strategic Development Planning Area (SDPA), which was designated by Scottish Ministers on 25 June 2008 comprises City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian Councils. The key role of the SDPA is to prepare and maintain an up-to-date Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the area, the first of which SESplan (SDP1), was approved by Scottish Ministers on 27 June 2013.

The key role of SESplan is to prepare and maintain an up to date strategic development plan (SDP) for the area. Individual councils will have to prepare Local Development Plans (LDP) in order to implement the requirements of the new SDP. The Strategic Development Plan replaces the Edinburgh and the Lothians Structure Plan, the Fife Structure Plan (in part) and the Scottish Borders Structure Plan.

Scottish Ministers approved Strategic Development Plan 1 with modifications in June 2013. The modifications included a requirement that SESplan prepare supplementary guidance to identify the individual housing requirements for each Local Development Plan area. The supplementary guidance was approved by Scottish Ministers and was formally adopted as part of the development plan by all SESplan authorities on 28 October 2014.

Information about the Scottish Ministers decision is also available on the planning pages of the Scottish Government website. and on the SESplan website

SESplan - Strategic Development Plan 2 (SDP2)

The South East Scotland Strategic Development Planning Authority, SESplan, is a partnership of six member authorities including Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian, working together on strategic development planning matters.

SESplan's key role is to prepare and maintain an up to date Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the South East Scotland area, the purpose of which is to communicate strategic level and cross-boundary planning policy on issues including housing, transport, employment, infrastructure and energy, and apply national planning policy and guidance from the Scottish Government. It is used to inform the Local Development Plans (LDPs) prepared by each of the Member Authorities in the region.

The first SDP  was approved by Scottish Ministers on 27 June 2013, but it requires to be updated every five years. In October 2016, SESplan published the second SDP Proposed Plan for consultation. The period for making representations ended in November 2016 and SESplan have since reviewed all of the submissions and prepared responses to all unresolved issues.

At a meeting on 13 March 2017, SESplan's Joint Committee approved in principle the submission documents for Proposed Strategic Development Plan 2. This included SESplan's responses to the comments received on the Proposed Plan for a range of issues including the Spatial Strategy and Housing. 

The Joint Committee reconvened on 26 June 2017 to consider the final submission package and subsequently agreed to submit the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers for examination. A reporter has now been appointed to examine the outstanding issues and consider if changes should be made to the plan. Further details on the examination will be made available on the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division website over the course of the examination.

The Proposed Plan and all supporting documents are available to download on the Proposed Plan 2016 page.

All representations made on the Proposed Plan are now available to view on the SESplan consultation portal

You can also find out more on the timetable for preparation of SDP 2 in Development Plan Scheme 9 which was approved by the SESplan Joint Committee at its meeting on 13 March 2017. This document sets out SESplan's programme for preparing the Strategic Development Plan.