We are preparing a new Local Development Plan (LDP) for the Council area. This will replace the current Local Development Plan which was adopted in July 2015. The new plan, LDP2, 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 the process.

Development Plan Scheme

Main Issues Report

As the first key stage in the preparation of the new Local Development Plan, we have published a Main Issues Report (MIR). The MIR identifies the key development and land use issues facing the area, and sets out our preferred options for tackling these issues, including preferred new sites for future development, along with other reasonable alternatives.

Public consultation on the Main Issues Report ended 05 May 2017. A Report of Consultation has been prepared. In addition detailed summaries of all comments received are now available. All can be viewed below:

Main Issues Report February 2017
Report of Consultation 2017
Summary of comments received in alphabetical order

Summaries of comments received by issue:

Making Better Places
Green Network
Housing Targets and Requirements
Existing Housing Land Supply and Stalled Sites
Sustainable Community Growth
Business Locations
Town Centres
Onshore Gas Minerals and Waste

A short overview of comments received on the MIR can also be found in the latest Development Plan Newsletter.

Development plan newsletter (October 2017)

All comments received on the MIR are currently being considered before moving onto the next stage, the publication of the Proposed Plan, which is scheduled for May 2018. Once published, the Proposed Plan will be subject to further consultation.

Meantime, the Main Issues Report is still available to read and the schedule of sites within the Report can be viewed on our interactive map. Alternatively, a hard copy is available for inspection at libraries, One Stop Shops and at Abbotsford House. Copies may be purchased for £10 (+ £2.50 p&p) from Development Services.

What happens next?

The Council will consider all the comments received during the consultation on the Main Issues Report before producing the Proposed Plan, at which point the Council fixes its view on development policies and proposals. There will be an opportunity to object to the Proposed Plan and an Examination into unresolved objections, prior to the final adoption of the Local Development Plan. The table below summarises the programme and what each stage involves.

Stage When What happens?
Pre-Main Issues Report October 2015
October 2016
Consultation on issues the plan should address & Call for Sites (complete)
Council collect and consider evidence
Main Issues Report February 2017 MIR published identifying issues and showing preferred options for development, and alternatives
Major public consultation (complete)
Proposed Plan August 2018 Proposed Plan published showing the Council's settled view as to the vision, strategy, policies and proposals to be included in the final plan
Opportunity to submit representations
Submission to Scottish Government April 2019 Proposed Plan submitted to Scottish Ministers along with unresolved representations
Examination July 2019
March 2020
Examination of unresolved issues by Scottish Government Reporters
Adoption July 2020