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

East Lothian Council is working on a new Local Development Plan for East Lothian.  In due course this will replace the existing East Lothian Local Plan 2008 and carry forward the requirements of the SDP to the local level.

The proposed Local Development Plan is currently under Examination by Scottish Ministers. Further information on the Examination can be found on the council's website under Examination of the Proposed Local Development Plan