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.

The next Local Development Plan

The Council is required to publish a Development Plan Scheme (DPS). This sets out the timetable for the production of the Local Development Plan. We have held off preparing this as we are waiting for the review of the planning system to be completed. Once we know for sure what the new system of local development plans looks like, we will be able to produce a realistic and achievable timetable.

Given that the current LDP was adopted in 2018, we don't think it is appropriate to start a new plan under the existing legislation. We want to wait for the new planning system to make sure we don't do abortive work.

It is envisaged that we will start a new Local Development Plan in 2021.

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.


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.

Last updated: Friday, May 29, 2020 8:22 AM