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LDP 'Proposed Plan'

The purpose of the Proposed Plan was to produce a development strategy and provide a land use framework for West Lothian between 2014 and 2024, to translate national and regional planning policy to a more meaningful West Lothian level and to provide the basis upon which planning applications would be determined.

The Proposed Plan was the second key document in the plan preparation process and represented the council's 'settled view' as to what the final adopted content of the LDP should be. It was prepared after having had regard to the more than 250 representations received on the Main Issues Report. 

The Proposed Plan was approved for consultation by the Council Executive at a meeting on 15 September 2015 and representations were invited over a six week period between 12 October 2015 and 20 November 2015. In the event, 725 submissions were received. 

The council's responses to the representations were reported to and considered by the Development and Transport Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel on 6 June 2016 and thereafter by the Council Executive at a meeting on 29 June 2016 (opens new window) when it subsequently authorised officers to proceed with the submission of the Proposed Plan to the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) for Examination. The Proposed Plan was duly submitted for Examination to Scottish Ministers on 28 October 2016 and the Examination formally commenced in 18 January 2017.

The council received 728 submissions to the LDP Proposed Plan consultation from interested parties.