Moray Local Development Plan 2020

Preparation has begun on producing the new local development plan. Moray Local Development Plan 2020 will provide an updated vision and spatial strategy for directing growth in Moray between 2020 and 2040.There are four key stages in the preparation of the Local Development Plan.

Stage 1 – Main Issues Report

The Main Issues Report was consulted upon in January to March 2018. The Main Issues Report set out what the Council considers to be the main issues facing Moray in the next 10-15 years and identified preferred locations for new houses, businesses and other land uses.

Stage 2 – Proposed Plan

Having regard to the representations received on the Main Issues Report the Proposed Plan 2019 has been published for consultation. The Proposed Plan is being consulted on for a 10 week period from 7th January to 15th March 2019. The Proposed Plan is the ‘settled’ view of the Council and it is intended that this is what the final content of the adopted LDP will be.  The Proposed Plan contains the vision, strategy, policies and site designations that the Council proposes to take forward in its new Local Development Plan (LDP).

Stage 3 – Examination - CURRENT STAGE

Unresolved objections to the Proposed Plan will be forwarded to the Scottish Government with a request for a formal Examination by a Reporter(s) appointed by Scottish Ministers. The Reporter(s) will convene hearing, if considered appropriate and submit a report to the Council with recommendations which are largely binding on the authority.

Stage 4 – Post Examination Modifications and Adoption

The Council is required to publish the modifications arising arising from the Reporter’s report and within three months of receiving the Examination Report to send details of the modifications made and the Proposed Plan to the Scottish Ministers. 28 days after this, the authority may adopt the plan unless directed not to by the Scottish Ministers.

Development Plan Scheme 2019

The scheme sets our proposed timetable for the review and preparation of the development plan and explains how we will engage with community, business and other interested parties. It will set out the key milestones for the preparation of the Moray Local Development Plan 2020.

The current development plan for Moray is the Moray Local Development Plan 2015 which was adopted on 31 July 2015.

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