Friday, 6 April 2012


This is where it all gets very interesting.  Highland Council Planning informs us:

...The Highland-wide Local Development Plan was adopted on 5 April 2012 and supersedes the General Policies and other related material of this Local Plan. A Parliamentary Order has been made to retain other elements within the Local Plans listed below. This provides the necessary clarity about which parts of the Local Plans continue in force alongside the Highland-wide Local Development Plan until such time as the relevant Area Local Development Plans is adopted. A full schedule of the retained elements of the following plans are contained within Appendix 7 of the HwLDP. Click here to view or download the updated version of Appendix 7 (pdf 617kb).

When using the following adopted Local Plans these must be read in conjunction with the Highland-wide Local Development Plan.

Visit the Local Plan pages for each Area via the links below:

The above is an extract from THC web page at link here

Appendix 7 - Retention Schedule here

What does this mean in practice? Here is one view from 'Dundas and Wilson

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Inner Moray Firth Plan - first round consultation starts today!

"The Highland Council is producing a new style local development plan for the Inner Moray Firth. The Plan area covers from Tain round to Nairn, as far south as the Cairngorms National Park boundary and Fort Augustus, and as far west as Strathconon and Garve."

"On the 5th April the Highland Council launches a public consultation on the Main Issues Report which will be used to inform the preparation of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.  This consultation will last for 12 weeks.  

The Main Issues Report sets out a number of initial options for where development should and should not occur within the Inner Moray Firth area and how to address a number of other issues affecting the area.  

The Main Issues Report includes a number of sites submitted for consideration by communities, landowners and developers during the Council’s “Call for Sites” undertaken in early 2011."

Please see the link  for details of the events that the council intends to hold.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Scottish Ministers give HwLDP final go-ahead

Details of this on the 'Development Planning in Highland' blog

The full post is at page here


...We have now received a letter from the Scottish Ministers letting us know that they will not be issuing a direction to stop us from adopting the Highland-wide Local Development Plan, therefore The Highland Council can now adopt the plan.

You will be able to watch the meeting of The Highland Council where the Highland-wide Local Development Plan will be debated online from 10:30am on Thursday 5th April by visiting and clicking on Webcasting.