Development Planning & Environment (DP&E)
Planning Services fulfils the statutory planning and building standards functions of the council. Development Planning & Environment is tasked with delivering the strategy and policy set out in the Scottish Government's National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The Development Planning & Environment team is the part of the service responsible for preparation (and monitoring) of the Local Development Plan and other supporting planning policy guidance (PG & SG), information and studies, which guide future development and the use of land within West Lothian and form the basis for making decisions on applications for planning permission.
Service changes during COVID 19
Given the current unprecedented times, West Lothian Council's Development Planning & Environment team will continue to operate as normal a service as possible during these current circumstances.
All members of staff are working remotely. We will continue to strive to provide as normal a service as possible, however, it is inevitable that the level of service may not be the same as in normal operating times.
As a result of remote working we are currently only responding to enquiries submitted by email. If you have a general enquiry about planning policy please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your enquiry relates to the West Lothian Local Development Plan (LDP) please send it to email@example.com, and for matters specifically relating to tree protection and tree removal you should email DPTrees@westlothian.gov.uk. By selecting the most relevant email address you can help us better manage your enquiry, ensuring that it is allocated to the most appropriate member of our team for a response.
It is with a sense of disappointment, but realisation, that we will no longer be able carry out any more site inspections at this time. For the Development Planning & Environment Team this principally relates to tree enquiries and proposed tree works. In recognition of this, the submission of digital photographs should be utilised and submitted to the council for assessment.
When the Covid-19 situation is deemed to be under control, it is anticipated that normal service will be resumed
We appreciate your cooperation at this time.