East Dunbartonshire Council is currently preparing a new Local Development Plan (LDP) for the area – LDP 2. LDP 2 will guide the future use of land in East Dunbartonshire by setting out planning policies and identifying sites for development and protection.
More information about the stages in producing LDP 2 are set out in the Council's Development Plan Scheme along with timescales. This can be found here.
The Council will communicate progress on producing LDP 2 on this website and through our newsletter which can be found here.
At its meeting on Thursday 20 August 2020, East Dunbartonshire Council approved the Proposed Local Development Plan 2 for publication and commencement of the representation period, anticipated to start in September 2020. This means that the Proposed Plan is now the Council’s settled view on the land use strategy for East Dunbartonshire and will be a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications. Supporting documents to be published alongside the Plan include the Main Issues Report (MIR) Report of Consultation, Habitats Regulations Appraisal, Monitoring Statement, evidence reports and a programme of work for Supplementary and Planning Guidance.
The Council has approved the following documents for public consultation:
- Local Development Plan 2 Proposed Plan
- Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environment Report
- Proposed Delivery Programme - sets out how the Council expects each policy and proposal within the Proposed Plan to be implemented.
- Sustainability and Energy Statement form (this will support Policy 9: Climate Change, Sustainability and Energy Infrastructure, which is a new policy).
- Site Assessments for nine additional proposed sites that were submitted during the Main Issues Report consultation in 2019. These are an extract from the Monitoring Statement Appendix 8: Site Assessments.
The next step is to carry out public consultation on the above. It is anticipated that a 12-week representation period will commence in late September 2020, however this is subject to design, preparation and administration considerations. Consultation and publicity methods are set out in the Development Plan Scheme 2020’s ‘Participation Statement’. This will be risk assessed and carried out in accordance with guidance issued by the Scottish Government in relation to Covid-19 and development planning.
Given the likelihood that physical distancing requirements will remain in place during the proposed consultation period, the Council will aim to maximise opportunities provided by digital consultation methods. This includes online LDP2 information sessions, use of social media and enhanced use of the Council website to make documents available and provide guidance on how to make a representation. Other non-digital consultation and publicity methods will be used including the local press, interaction with Community Councils, telephone advice and distribution of letters to households in line with statutory ‘neighbour notification’ procedures.
Further details on these consultation arrangements, including specific dates and information on how to take part, will be provided on the Council website in due course.
Stage 2: Main Issues Report
The Main issues Report (MIR) is a key step towards the preparation of a new Local Development Plan. It sets out a series of preferred options for future development throughout East Dunbartonshire, across a range of issues. The MIR also includes a number of ‘reasonable alternative options’ for each issue. These preferred options and reasonable alternatives have been identified following an extensive early engagement and evidence gathering exercise (see Stage 1 below) and form the basis of the MIR.
Consultation on the MIR was carried out between 15 October and 10 December 2019. Details of this
consultation can be found in the consultation archive section of the website:
Stage 1: Early Engagement and Evidence Gathering
Early engagement and consultation was carried out between 3 December 2018 and 11 February 2019. During this period we invited local communities, key agencies and other interested parties to complete a questionnaire and outline their views on what the key priorities should be for Local Development Plan 2. The early engagement period also provided an opportunity for people to give us feedback at workshops, drop-in sessions and community meetings. In addition, the Council carried out a `Call for Sites' exercise, in line with Government requirements, in which we asked any interested parties (including local communities, landowners and developers) to provide information about areas they would wish to see considered for potential development. The outcomes of this process are set out in the Report of Consultation document.