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 Local Development Plan must conform to the approved Strategic Development Plan (SDP) which has been prepared by the strategic planning authority (SESplan) and its purpose is to implement requirements on a more detailed site-specific basis than exists within the SDP.

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

On the 4 September 2018, the council adopted the West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP 1) 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 was the first of a new generation of land use plans and 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. LDP1 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.

Together with the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan 2013 (SDP), the West Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 forms the Development Plan for this area and 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.

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.

Printed copies of LDP 1 are also 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. Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by cheque to 'West Lothian Council'. 

 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 wlldp@westlothian.gov.uk. You can also write to us at Development Planning & Environment, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF or phone 01506 280000.


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