You help to plan the future of Milngavie and Bearsden

EAST Dunbartonshire Council recently held a public workshop, organised as part of the preparation of our new Local Development Plan.

The event, which took place in Lenzie Hall, was well attended by local residents, community councils, planning consultants and developers and the Scottish Government.

It was held because the Local Development Plan will eventually replace the recently adopted Local Plan 2 and will guide the future use of land, set out proposals for development and provide the planning policies needed to inform the assessment of planning applications.

Participants were asked to discuss and consider a number of planning based questions such what challenges the area faces and what are the key land use priorities for the area.

The key themes which emerged included the need for affordable housing, decent town centres and a good transport infrastructure.

A detailed report on the workshop is currently being prepared and will be made available on the planning pages of the council’s website.

This report will inform the ‘Main Issues Report’ which is due to be published in autumn 2012 and is the first step in the preparation of the new Local Development Plan.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “The success of the workshop shows that there is a healthy level of interest in helping to set a vision for East Dunbartonshire and guide the future use of land throughout the area. I would encourage everyone with an interest in East Dunbartonshire to get involved in the local development plan process as early as possible.

“There will be a number of opportunities over the coming months to take part and have your say.”

If you would like further information on the preparation of the Local Development Plan, or would like to get involved, contact the Policy Development Team at development.plan@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or visit the planning pages of the council website.