What is a local development plan?
A local development plan is an official planning document that:
- sets out policies and proposals for development and the management and use of land
- helps to ensure that development and use of land is used in the long-term interests of the public
All Scottish local authorities must have a local development plan. Stirling Council adopted its current plan, which is our second, on 8 October 2018.
What our plan covers
The Stirling Local Development Plan:
- includes our policies and proposals for development and land use in the full council area, apart from the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
- helps us to guide developments to the most appropriate locations, and makes sure our built and natural environment is protected
- sets out how we'll provide new or improved community facilities, including roads, schools and parks
If you submit an application for development, we’ll use the plan and related guidance to:
- assess it
- decide whether it can go ahead
For detailed information on the Stirling Local Development Plan and our programme of actions, read the official plan documents.
As part of the Stirling Local Development Plan, we’ve also produced detailed planning guidance on topics such as:
- housing in the countryside
- wind energy developments
- forestry and woodland areas
- houses in multiple occupation
You can find all of these documents on our planning guidance page.
We produced these documents during the development of the current plan, and to help us to get agreement on its final form. However, they’re listed here for reference only, and should not be used to guide activity.