Supplementary Guidance : Developer Contributions Towards Cemetery Provision in West Lothian

NB: This consultation is now closed.

It was agreed at a meeting of the Development and Transport Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel on 20 June 2019 to consult on new Supplementary Guidance regulating developer contributions towards cemetery provision in West Lothian.

Previous Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on the subject of developer contributions towards cemetery provision in West Lothian supported the West Lothian Local Plan (now superceded) but guidance now requires to be replaced as the new West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP) was adopted in September 2018.

Supplementary Guidance (SG) is produced by the council in order to explain how particular development plan policies should be applied in practice. In this instance, developer contributions will assist the council in funding new cemetery provision arising from the expanding population generated by the scale of residential development planned over the LDP plan period and beyond.

The planning system allows, and indeed expects developers to mitigate the impact of their development and to pay for, or contribute towards improvements to infrastructure that arises as a direct consequence of the development, or from the cumulative impact of the development and which would not otherwise be needed.

Policy 9 (Infrastructure) of the Strategic Development Plan (SDP1) for Edinburgh and South East Scotland provides the strategic policy context for the securing of developer contributions towards infrastructure provision and Policy INF 1 (Infrastructure Provision and Developer Obligations) provides the LDP context.

This new SG seeks to quantify the contributions based on the LDP policy requirements.

Once approved it is intended that the SG will form part of the statutory supplementary guidance supporting the LDP.

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