The Stirling Local Development Plan (LDP) applies to the Stirling Council area with the exception of areas within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where the National Park Authority is responsible for planning.

The LDP is the primary document that is used to assess an application for development.

The LDP sets out the council's policies and proposals for the use of land in the area. It guides development to the most appropriate locations, whilst ensuring that the quality of the built and natural environment is protected. The plan also sets out how any new improved facilities, such as roads, schools and parks will be provided. The policies are applied when assessing planning applications.

Local Development Plan

The current LDP was adopted by Stirling Council on the 8th of October 2018.

A Development Plan Scheme and Participation Statement is produced each year. This sets out our timetable for preparing the Local Development Plan and how we will involve people in the process. 

Supplementary Guidance

The statutory development plan also comprises of Supplementary Guidance on a range of different topics, adopted by the Council in support of the LDP.

We are currently reviewing all 36 adopted Supplementary Guidance (SG) documents that form part of the development plan. As part of the review of Supplementary Guidance, several SGs have been published for consultation. Comments on these draft Supplementary Guidance documents can be made up until Friday 9th March 2018.


To inform the Local Development Plan, the Planning & Policy team undertake annual monitoring of development relating to housing, employment and retail, in addition to areas of vacant and derelict land.

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