East Lothian Council considers Ministers’ response to proposed Local Development Plan

A blueprint for potential development across East Lothian has taken a further step towards completion.

The Local Development Plan will be used by East Lothian Council to inform the determination of all planning applications submitted in the county over the next 10 years. It sets out where certain types of development will generally be acceptable and where they will not.

Elected members heard yesterday that Scottish Ministers had recently responded with their findings on the council’s proposed (LDP).

Norman Hampshire, depute council leader and cabinet spokesperson for environment, said: “The proposed LDP provides East Lothian with a sustainable strategy for jobs and homes, making the best use of existing infrastructure whilst allowing for new infrastructure including new schools and improved transport networks.

“It supports our aim of securing an even more prosperous, safe and sustainable East Lothian, that enables all of our people and communities to flourish.

“We are ambitious for our county while ensuring it remains an attractive place for our residents and which attracts visitors to our wonderful attractions and natural assets.

“It comes at a time when we have set out a £263 million package of capital spending over five years in new and expanded schools, improved community facilities, local infrastructure, roads and the economy.

“We are pleased to have received Ministers’ findings, which support the council’s proposed strategy and policies and importantly confirm an adequate housing land supply. Some post-examination modifications have been recommended and we will incorporate these into the final LDP.

“A decision on adopting the LDP has to be made within three months of receiving the Ministers’ Report of Examination and a decision on this will be sought at a separate, later council meeting following the inclusion of modifications and the completion of resulting technical work.”

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