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Development Plan Update - September 2017

Development Plan Update - September 2017

Local Development Plan Review – Call for Sites and Issues

The Council are commencing the review of the Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan [Adopted August 2015] by publishing forms calling for representations on sites and other issues which may be considered through the Main Issues Report, to be published in May 2018.

There are two separate forms which can be filled in online:

  • A ‘Call for Sites’ form which allows anyone with an interest in land in Clackmannanshire to make representations that a site, or sites, should be considered for allocation in the next Plan.
  • A ‘Call for Issues’ form which allows anyone with an interest in land use planning in Clackmannanshire to make representations on issues to be considered in the next Plan.

As the Council is seeking detailed information on any sites proposed for consideration, the period for submission of sites and issues will run until 7th January 2018.

Details of the Local Development Plan Review process and timetable can be found in the Development Plan Scheme, updated and published annually.

For further information please e-mail or contact Graeme Finlay t: 01259 452643 (Principal Planner, Development Plans).

The Local Development Plan

The Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan (LDP) was published in August 2015 and is the first of a new generation of land use plans for this area. It contains a Vision Statement, Strategic Objectives, and planning policies for the future development of Clackmannanshire. The LDP looks forward for planned developments within 10 years and provides an indication of where further developments can take place over the next 20 years. It must be reviewed at least every 5 years to ensure it remains relevant and can adapt to future planning challenges. It comprises of:

  • The Written Statement - contains a description on the context for change in land use for the planned pattern of development across this entire area; it provides the policy framework to guide development to the right place and how to enable quality, sustainable development outcomes. To do so it contains the following:
  1. a vision statement: a short explanation of the kind of enhanced environment we would like to see
  2. a suite of planning objectives: to help achieve the vision
  3. a suite of planning policies: a series of specific policies, which together, help to deliver the stated objectives
  4. a series of Proposals Maps: that show where development can take place, also a Designations Map that shows where land and sites with special statutory protection lie
  5. a Schedule of Sites: giving planning criteria for the land allocated in the plan: with development guidelines for each site
  6. supplementary guidance: more detailed advice on how to approach developing land for specific purposes in accord with the LDP. Referred in more detail below:
  7. the Action Programme: augments the Written Statement in so far as it describes how the plan may be delivered, the key stakeholders to help do that, and a guide on likely timing of delivery and development .

Focussing on sustainable economic growth, the LDP encourages the retention and growth of the population of Clackmannanshire, encouraging younger people and families into the area to balance the projected ageing population. The LDP considers how to accommodate a projected increases in population of 7,000 people between 2010 and 2035 and for 6,420 new households over the same period.

The provision of excellent educational, training and employment opportunities will be supported to encourage this, while the environment will be valued and protected in the transition to a successful low-carbon economy.

Design and layout polices encourage quality in the creation of developments and communities with a strong sense of place. Town centre regeneration will be a key issue during the lifetime of the LDP and policies are included to address this. Energy efficiency, low carbon development and an increasing focus on renewable energy and district heating are also promoted through the policies of the Plan. Clackmannanshire's Green Network, which forms part of the nationally identified Central Scotland Green Network, has been mapped and policies are developed to support it.

The Area Statements Section gives a local context, identifying over 5,600 new houses throughout Clackmannanshire, and over 158 hectares of new business and employment land. These allocations have been subject to rigorous assessment in terms of compliance with national policies, sustainability, best use of existing resources and contribution to other Council strategies and goals.

  • The Action Programme - It is important that the Action Programme remains relevant and up-to-date. It will be reviewed every 2 years.
  • Supplementary Guidance - expands on the LDP policy considerations. SG is a material consideration for planning decisions. They are listed below.
  • Local Development Plan Scheme, in order that our customers may keep abreast of progress in the LDP and its different stages, a short statement is provided on an annual basis in our web site and at all local libraries. It lists anticipated junctures in a timeline relating to the LDP and associated work, including when opportunities for public engagement arise.
Related documents and publications to the LDP

Supplementary Guidance

Supplementary Guidance (SG) is part of the LDP and is a material planning consideration in the decision making process. SG expands on the policies within the LDP but does not create any new policy. It seeks to help our customers deliver quality development outcomes in general accord with the Plan. SG is published on specific planning topics e.g. for households, design for sustainable development, energy efficiency, and more.

The following SGs have been published along with the LDP.

In Support of the Local Development Plan

Development Briefs and Masterplans

The Council are committed to promoting the development sites in the LDP, from the largest to the smallest, and for a full range of uses. Development Briefs and Masterplans give further information for a number of allocated sites that have already been prepared, and this process is ongoing.

Non-Statutory Planning Advice Notes

The Council may issue non-statutory planning guidance without going through the procedures required for Supplementary Guidance.

Non-statutory planning guidance can be helpful in enabling quality planning outcomes and used to provide detail on a range of subject areas. One of the benefits of non-statutory guidance is that it can be updated quickly when necessary. Consultation with relevant parties during publication is likely as it is intended it would be scrutinised and approved by Council prior to publication. SG can also be prepared where an issue arises unexpectedly during the lifecycle of the LDP.

Adoption of non-statutory guidance by the Council can give it a degree of authorisation for decision making.

The Next LDP Main Issues Report

The Local Development Plan Scheme indicates the likely programming for any substantive stage in any Plan review, including when the next Main Issues Report (MIR) is to be prepared.

The current MIR and associated documents for the Adopted Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan were published in January 2011 and can be found by following the links below.

Historic documents

Copies or extracts from historic documents which have been replaced by the Local Development Plan and associated documents may be available on request in either electronic or paper formats. Please enquire using the details below and we shall do our best to assist. Please note that there may be a charge for paper copies of historic documents.

For Further Information Contact

Development Planning
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000 Fax: 01259 727453