Council plans for the future

A framework to guide the future use of land in East Dunbartonshire is due to be considered at a meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council.

The Proposed Local Development Plan will set out a land use strategy for East Dunbartonshire and include policies and sites for development which will be used to determine planning applications.

The council says responses to the Main Issues Report consultation in 2013 and ‘additional sites’ consultation exercise last year have been analysed and taken into account as part of the preparation process. The next stage is to present the text of the draft plan to councillors at a meeting of the full council tonight (Thursday, January 22).

The report will seek council approval for the Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) ahead of its publication in April for consultation.

The full report is available on the council’s website and can be viewed via the committee document search facility.

Tonight’s council meeting itself is open to the public and starts at 6pm in the Tom Johnston Chambers, East Dunbartonshire Council offices, at 12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch.

If approved, a consultation strategy for the Proposed LDP and a Proposed Action Programme will be brought to a future meeting of the Development and Regeneration Committee.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “East Dunbartonshire Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Development Plan for the area, which will replace the Local Plan 2.

“Once adopted, East Dunbartonshire’s LDP will guide the future use of land, set out proposals for development - including new housing sites, which we are duty-bound to identify - and provide the framework for dealing with planning applications.”

“It is important to stress that no decision has yet been made on the Proposed LDP and it will be considered by elected members on 22 January , 2015.”

Extensive consultation has previously taken place on the Main Issues Report (MIR) - which played a crucial role in the production of the Proposed LDP.

Councillor Geekie told the Kirkintilloch Herald: .