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Development Plan Update - October 2015

Development Plan Update - October 2015

Our consultation on 2 pieces of Proposed Supplementary Guidance is now open

Following adoption of the Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan (August 2015), the Council are now commencing work on a review of the existing Special Landscape Areas, as well as continuing to prepare Development Briefs and Masterplans for sites within the LDP and preparing Non-Statutory Planning Advice Notes for consultation.

The annual Housing Land Audit, Employment Land Audit and Vacant and Derelict Land Survey are also being undertaken.

Over the next 12 months we will be preparing a strategy for recording and monitoring activity within and the health of our town centres.

There are also reviews being undertaken of the Tree Preservation Order areas and Special Landscape Areas within Clackmannanshire.

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The Local Development Plan

The first of a new generation of land use plans, the Local Development Plan (LDP) contains a Vision Statement and 8 Strategic Objectives for the future development of Clackmannanshire. The LDP looks forward 20 years, but will be reviewed at least every 5 years to ensure it remains relevant and adapts to future land use planning challenges. There are a number of associated documents, including an Action Programme, Supplementary Guidance, Local Development Plan Scheme, etc and these can be viewed by choosing from the list on the right of this page or clicking on links within this text.

The Council formally adopted the Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan (August 2015) on 19th August 2015, following approval by the Scottish Ministers.

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 had to consider how to accommodate projected increases in population of 7,000 people between 2010 and 2035 and 6,420 new households over the same period.

Area Statements give 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.

Related publications and documents

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 each action. This can help to better co-ordinate both development activity and investment and help build confidence in the planning system.

Delivery of LDP proposals is dependent on a wide range of factors, including actions contained in other plans, programmes and strategies, economic conditions and other factors beyond the control of the LDP and a number of factors can influence the delivery of the Action Programme, including introduction of new legislation, guidance or advice; changes to policy; and issues relating to delivery of policies and proposals e.g. the delivery of related infrastructure.

It is important that the Action Programme remains current and up-to-date and it will be reviewed every 2 years. The review of the Action Programme will provide an opportunity to identify progress made in relation to delivery of policy and proposals, and to consider additional future actions that may be required. It is also intended to serve as a useful means of keeping stakeholders informed on LDP delivery.

Supplementary Guidance

A suite of policies in the LDP under the general headings 'Creating Sustainable Communities', 'Employment and Prosperity' and 'Environmental Assets' reflect the most recent national policies and strategies to assist in determining planning applications.

To allow LDPs to focus on vision, the spatial strategy, overarching and other key policies and proposals, much detailed material can be contained in Supplementary Guidance (SG) which will form part of the LDP, and have equal status for decision making.

Supplementary Guidance may be prepared and adopted alongside the LDP, or subsequently. Publication, consultation and consideration of responses received are similar to those for the LDP.

The content of Supplementary Guidance does not need to be scrutinised at Examination given that the principle of the policy or proposal will already have been scrutinised and subsequently included in the LDP - the Supplementary Guidance will be limited to providing further detail on that.

7 topic specific Supplementary Guidance (SG) documents have also been adopted and form part of the LDP.

Further pieces of Supplementary Guidance will be prepared and consulted on over the life of the LDP.

Non-Statutory Planning Advice Notes

The Council may issue non-statutory planning guidance without going through the procedures for Supplementary Guidance detailed above, although some consultation during publication is likely with relevant parties and it is intended that such guidance would be scrutinised and approved by Council prior to publication.

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 as required. It can also be prepared where an issue arises during the lifecycle of the plan, for example in relation to an emerging technology which the authority wants to provide some planning guidance on.

This non-statutory guidance will not form part of the development plan. However, the Council's adoption of it will give it a degree of authorisation and it may be a material consideration in decision making. In Clackmannanshire, such guidance will be called 'Planning Advice Notes'. 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.

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.

Local Development Plan - Main Issues Report

The Main Issues Report (MIR) and associated documents which informed the process for the currently Adopted Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan was published in January 2011. Copies of these documents can be found by following the links below.

This page will be updated when the Main Issues Report and associated documents for the review of the Local Development Plan are available. As identified in the Development Plan Scheme, this is currently scheduled to be May 2018.

Related publications and documents

Historic documents

Copies or extracts from historic documents which have been replaced by the Local Development Plan and associated documents may be available by 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