East Dunbartonshire’s ‘Proposed Local Development Plan’, which will define future development of the area, has been approved by councillors.
The Proposed Local Development Plan sets out a land use strategy and includes policies and sites for development which will be used to determine future planning applications.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The development of our Proposed Local Development Plan has involved years of work and community consultation and engagement.
“The resulting Proposed Local Development Plan will now be prepared for publication and further consultation in April this year.”
The preparation of the Proposed Local Development Plan began in 2011 and has been informed by the Main Issues Report consultation in 2013 and ‘additional sites’ consultation last year. The next step in the process will be for a consultation strategy and a proposed action programme to be brought to a future Development and Regeneration Committee prior to publication and consultation in April.
Subject to council decision, this will then be followed by examination by the Scottish Government and adoption by the council.
Councillor Geekie continued: “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.
“The Proposed LDP has been shaped by the feedback from a wide range of consultation exercises and we value the participation of our stakeholders and the public in this process.
“There will be further opportunity for consultation following the publication of the Proposed LDP later this year and I’d encourage everyone to continue to engage in the process that will ultimately shape the future development of the area.”