Preparation of the West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP)

The LDP has been prepared under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 and secondary legislation and policy guidance. Work on the plan commenced in 2011 and all of the landmark stages in the preparation process leading up to its adoption in September 2018 can be viewed here.

A 'Call for Sites/Expressions of Interest' exercise presented land owners, prospective developers and others with their first opportunity to identify potential sites for development and made an important contribution to informing the Main Issues Report.
The Main Issues Report (MIR) was the first formal stage in producing the West Lothian Local Development Plan with the primary function of focusing discussion and stimulating debate.
The West Lothian Local Development Proposed Plan was the culmination of the exercise to produce a development strategy and land use framework for West Lothian.
The West Lothian Local Development Proposed Plan was submitted for examination to Scottish Ministers on 28 October 2016.
Following the examination of the West Lothian Local Development Proposed Plan a number of modifications were identified by the Reporters.
The council considered the Reporters recommendations arising from the examination process.
Adoption of the local development plan required the endorsement of Scottish Ministers.
The LDP was the subject of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.