Local Development Plan – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Local Development Plan (LDP)?

An LDP sets out a long-term vision for where development should and shouldn't happen. This includes addressing climate change, the delivery of high-quality places to live, town centre regeneration, attracting new jobs and investment, and the protection of historic and natural environment.

Why is it needed?

The LDP guides the sustainable and co-ordinated development of land in East Dunbartonshire and is used – along with national policy and guidance – to help determine planning applications. It's not just the Council’s vision, but reflects the collective ambitions and aspirations of local communities, businesses, voluntary groups, landowners, public sector organisations and a range of other key stakeholders

The LDP also helps to deliver the Community Planning Partnership’s Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, and supports the Economic Development Strategy, Local Transport Strategy and Locality Plans (formerly known in East Dunbartonshire as Place Plans).

Where does it cover?

The length and breadth of the East Dunbartonshire Council area – including Milngavie, Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Milton of Campsie, Twechar, Torrance, Lennoxtown and more.

When does the current Local Development Plan run out?

The currently LDP, known as LDP2, was formally adopted in November 2022 and will be in place until the adoption of LDP3 – expected by early 2028.

How can I get involved?

The first stage of LDP3 is preparing a Development Plan Scheme/Participation Statement. That's where you come in. We want your views on communications, engagement activities, materials, support for new Local Place Plans and how to balance areas of potential conflict and dispute. You can get involved via the consultation webpage.

What happens next?

We will report back to a meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council after the summer of 2023 and seek approval to move on to the preparation of an Evidence Report. It is expected the proposed LDP3 will be published in 2026. Don't worry, there will be many opportunities for the public and stakeholders to have a say along the way.