Planning guidance and background information supporting the West Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 (LDP 1)

A series of planning guidance documents providing more detail and expanding upon existing policies contained within the Adopted West Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 have been/are being produced and there is a requirement for public consultation on such guidance to allow anyone who may wish to make comment to do so. Comments submitted will be taken into account when finalising each document.

Planning Guidance

Planning guidance provides additional detail on specific subject areas and explains how planning policies will be implemented. It is produced as either 'statutory' supplementary guidance (SG) or 'non-statutory' planning guidance (PG).

Statutory SG must have been referenced within the Local Development Plan, gone through consultation and approved by Scottish Ministers. Once adopted, SG has statutory weight in the determination of planning applications and forms part of the plan.

Non-statutory PG is not subject to approval by Scottish Ministers and is not part of the development plan. As a consequence it does not have as much weight as SG but is nonetheless a 'material consideration' in decisions on planning applications. 

Adopted guidance

Statutory Supplementary Guidance (SG)

Drafted guidance (pending adoption)

    Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening

    Screening Reports and Screening Determinations relating to (SG) and (PG)

    Background Information

    Developer Contributions - Details of related planning guidance

    West Lothian Local Landscape Designation Review (2013)

    West Lothian Landscape Character Classification (2014)

    Landscape Capacity Study for Wind Energy Development in West Lothian (2011)

    The Forth Bridge World Heritage Site: Key Viewpoints (2016)

    Wind Energy Data Map

    West Lothian Core Paths Plan

    West Lothian Retail Capacity Study (2008)

    Lowland Crofting Handbook (2008)

    The Farmsteadings of the Bathgate Hills (2001)

    West Lothian Soil Sustainability Report (2004)


    If you have any questions relating to planning guidance, SEA Screening, background information or just want to provide feedback and comments on our service, please email the Development Planning & Environment team at You can also write to us at Development Planning & Environment, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF or phone 01506 280000.

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