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Development Plan Update - January 2016

Development Plan Update - January 2016

The Local Development Plan

The Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan (LDP) has been published 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 was adopted in August 2015 and looks forward 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 and for the required pattern of development across this entire area; it provides the policy framework to guide development to the right place and how to achieve 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 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. Policies are included to address affordable housing, and developer contributions will be required from developers to ensure there is sufficient community infrastructure in place to serve new developments. 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 LDP. Clackmannanshire's Green Network, which forms part of the nationally identified Central Scotland Green Network, has been mapped and policies developed to support it.

As well as promoting employment and prosperity and protecting, managing and enhancing environmental assets, the LDP also considers how to accommodate projected increases in population of 7,000 people between 2010 and 2035 and 6,420 new households over the same period.

The Area Statements Section gives a more 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 - The Council is required to prepare and publish an Action Programme as part of the LDP. The Action Programme lists the actions required to deliver the policies and proposals contained in the LDP, indicates the person or agency responsible for each action and sets out the timescale for the conclusion of the action. This can help to better co-ordinate development activity and investment and help build confidence in the planning system through delivery of the plan. 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 explained 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) may be prepared and adopted alongside the LDP, or subsequently. Publication, consultation and then consideration of responses to any Draft Policy Statement are considered and reported in the same way as for the LDP.

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

The following SGs were 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 identified in the LDP, from the largest to the smallest, and for a range of uses including residential, business, retail, tourism, leisure, environmental enhancement and recreation. Development Briefs and Masterplans giving further information for a number of the LDP sites 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 may be 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 however likely as it is intended that any such guidance would be scrutinised and approved by Council prior to its publication. It can also be prepared where an issue arises unexpectedly during the lifecycle of the LDP. For example in relation to emerging technology and its likely impact to which the authority wishes to provide some planning guidance.

While this non-statutory guidance will not form part of the development plan, its adoption by the Council will give it a degree of authorisation which may be a material consideration for decision making. It is intended to produce guidance on various topics including shopfront design, advertisements and security, minor development affecting listed buildings and within conservation areas, infill residential development and small businesses, among others, during the lifetime of the Local Development Plan: resources permitting.

The Next LDP Main Issues Report

When first preparing a LDP or when reviewing it the earliest steps require that the Council prepares and consults about the main issues facing the area, and to fully consider the options and alternatives for development. The current Main Issues Report (MIR) and associated documents for the Adopted Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan were published in January 2011. Copies of these documents 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.

Contact information

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