We have prepared a new Proposed Falkirk Local Development Plan (LDP2) for the area. This will eventually replace the current Local Development Plan (LDP1) which was adopted in July 2015. The new plan will guide the future development of the Falkirk Council area in the period 2020-2040. Our Development Plan Scheme sets out the timetable for LDP2 and how we will involve the public in this process.

Development Plan Scheme

The Proposed Plan

The Proposed Plan was approved by Falkirk Council on 27 August and an eight week consultation period will take place from 28 September - 23 November 2018 when representations can be submitted. LDP2 and the associated Proposals Maps can be viewed below:

LDP2 Proposed Plan September 2018
Map 1 Banknock, Bonnybridge, Denny, Allandale, Greenhill and Torwood
Map 2 Falkirk, Larbert and Stenhousemuir
Map 3 Rural North - Airth, Dunmore, Letham and South Alloa
Map 4 Rural South - Avonbridge, Limerigg, Slamannan, Standburn and The Loan
Map 5 Grangemouth, Polmont Area, California, Shieldhill, Skinflats and Whitecross
Map 6 Bo'ness, Blackness and Muirhouses
Map 7 Falkirk Town Centre Inset

You may also wish to search by our interactive version of LDP2.

Hard copies of the Proposed Plan may also be viewed at the following locations:

  • Abbotsford House, Davids Loan, Falkirk FK2 7YZ (opening hours 9.00am – 5.00pm)
  • All Council libraries and One Stop Shops (during normal opening hours)

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Proposed Plan please contact the Development Plan Team. The cost is £23 (£26 including P&P).

The Proposed Plan is a land use planning document which contains policies and proposals indicating where development should or should not take place. It provides guidance on the future provision of housing, business, transport and infrastructure, recreation and community infrastructure, and the basis for determining planning applications.

LDP2 provides a broad vision and strategy for the area for the 20 year period from 2020-2040, with the focus on specific proposals for the initial ten year period 2020-2030. Its publication follows on from the consultation on the Main Issues Report (MIR) which took place in Spring 2017. The 12 week consultation period on the MIR was far reaching with 260 responses received from both individuals and organisations. These comments have been considered in preparing the Proposed Plan which is now the Council's settled view on how the area should develop up to 2040.

Main Issues Report February 2017

A short overview of the Proposed Plan can also be found in the latest Development Plan Newsletter.

Development plan newsletter (September 2018)

Supporting Documents

The Proposed Plan is accompanied by a number of supporting documents which include the Revised Environmental Report, a Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA), Proposed Action Programme and Technical Reports which provide the evidence base for the plan. Hard copies are also available to view at the Council’s offices at Abbotsford House.

How do I submit a representation?

Once you have read the Proposed Plan, the representation form should be used for making a submission. Please read the 'Notes for Guidance’ contained in the form which gives information on how the form should be completed.

Representation form

Representations may be submitted in writing:

By email to:

By post to:

Falkirk Council LDP2
Abbotsford House
Davids Loan

Alternatively you may wish to submit your representation online:

Please be aware that representations should be received no later than 23 November 2018, and that any received after that date will not be accepted. Comments on the Proposed Action Programme and the Revised Environmental Report may also be submitted within this time period.

What happens next?

Following the consultation period your representation will be considered by the Council and modifications may be made to the Proposed Plan in response. Unresolved representations will be grouped by issue and submitted to Scottish Ministers, who will then appoint a reporter to conduct an examination. The reporter will produce an examination report which will be binding on the Council except in exceptional circumstances. It is only after this process that the plan may be adopted by the Council.

Stage When What happens?
Proposed Plan September 2018 Opportunity to submit representations on the Proposed Plan
Submission to Scottish Government July 2019 Proposed Plan submitted to Scottish Ministers along with unresolved representations.
Examination July 2019 - April 2020 Examination of unresolved issues by Scottish Government
Adoption August 2020