Statutory Development Plan for East Lothian

What is the Development Plan?

The Development Plan is a set of land-use planning policies and proposals for an area. It consists of one or more documents containing information about how places should change and policies on a variety of topics, which are used to assess planning applications. 

Local Authorities are required by law to prepare development plans for their area and review them on a regular basis. The relevant Acts are the Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, which was amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006. 

The current Development Plan

The current Development Plan for East Lothian consists of two documents:

  • the approved Strategic Development Plan (SDP1) prepared by the Strategic Development Planning Authority for Edinburgh and South East Scotland (SESplan) - approved June 2013 and replaced the Edinburgh and Lothians Structure Plan 2015
  • the adopted East Lothian Local Plan 2008 (adopted 28th October 2008)

A new Strategic Development Plan

SESplan are now preparing a new Strategic Development Plan (SDP2) for the city region. Further informaton on this can be found on the SESplan website.

A new Local Development Plan

The examination of the East Lothian Local Development Plan has concluded and the Report of Examination and recommended modifications have been issued.

The council has submitted the Local Development Plan 2018 (as modified) to Scottish Ministers stating the council's intention to adopt the plan.

You can view or download the LDP and all other associated documents submitted to Scottish Ministers. 

Any updates from Scottish Ministers are posted on the intention to adopt the LDP web page.