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Local Development Plan (LDP 1)

A Local Development Plans (LDP) is prepared by the local planning authority, in this case West Lothian Council. It sets out a local interpretation of the requirements of national and strategic policy.

The current West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP 1) was prepared to conform with the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) which had been prepared by the strategic planning authority (SESplan) and its purpose was to implement requirements on a more detailed site-specific basis than existed within the SDP.

It should however be noted that the SDP has since ceased to have effect following the adoption of National Planning Framework 4 on 13 February 2023.

LDP 1 comprises a written statement and five proposals maps. The written statement provides the general policy context against which planning applications for new development proposals will be assessed. This is supported by the proposals maps which show the range of development opportunities and constraints within the area.

The Adopted West Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 (LDP 1)

Written Statement

Proposal Maps 

The council adopted the West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP 1) on 4 September 2018 in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) and Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

LDP 1 replaced the previous West Lothian Local Plan 2009 (WLLP).

LDP's are intended to provide the vision and land use strategy for how communities will grow and develop in the future and also to provide certainty for communities and prospective investors by clearly illustrating where and how new development should take place. It also identifies those parts of West Lothian that should be protected from development.

LDP's identify the supporting infrastructure required for growth and set out detailed policies and proposals which are the basis for decision making on future planning applications. LDP 1 looks forward for planned developments for the next 10 years and provides an indication of where further developments can take place over the next 20 years.

Prior to 13 February 2023, the development plan for West Lothian was comprised of the SDP and LDP 1. However since that date, National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) has been adopted and this replaces the SDP as a constituent element of the development plan.

The Development Plan has legal status in decision making on planning applications together with the relevant statutory Supplementary Guidance (SG) which explains in greater detail how planning policies will be implemented.

A hard copy of LDP 1 can be viewed at West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF during normal opening hours (Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5pm and on a Friday 8.30am - 4pm. It can also be found in local libraries.

Printed copies of LDP 1 are available to purchase for the sum of £75 (inclusive of £5 postal/packaging charge). Please note that if collecting from the Civic Centre, there is no delivery charge. 

 Cost (for pick up only)Cost (including post & package)
Adopted Local Development Plan 2018 (LDP 1) (including Proposals Maps)£70 £75
Proposals Maps only £17£20

If you have any questions relating to LDP 1, the Development Planning process in general or just want to provide feedback and comments on our service, please email the Development Planning & Environment team at (opens new window). You can also write to us at Development Planning & Environment, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF 


This page was last updated: 14 February 2023