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Development Plan Update - September 2018

Development Plan Update - September 2018

Local Development Plan Review – Next Steps

As part of the review of the Clackmannanshire Local Development Plan (Adopted August 2015) the Council carried out a Call for Sites/Issues between September 2017 and January 2018.

36 parties made representations, the summaries of which can be viewed in the Call for Sites/Call for Issues Summaries (1.5 MB, pdf).

The Council will consider these representations prior to preparing a Main Issues Report. It is intended to publish this for public consultation in Spring 2019.

This has been delayed from the original Autumn 2018 target in order that the Plan can take account of Corporate Asset Management decisions scheduled for late 2018 which could have a significant impact on the LDP Review. The LDP Review is still on target for adoption in 2020.

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

Local Development Plan – Action Programme Review

The Action Programme accompanying the Local Development Plan (Adopted August 2015) has to be reviewed and updated every two years. The updated Action Programme can be found here – Local Development Plan Action Programme – Reviewed December 2017 (pdf).

For further information please e-mail or contact Graeme Finlay (Principal Planner, Development Plans) on 01259 452 643.

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.


PAS offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by their specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.

PAS helps individuals and community groups to get involved in the planning system in an impartial, open and inclusive way.

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