SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for the Edinburgh and south east Scotland region has published the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. This is a key step in replacing the current Strategic Development Plan of 2013 and is the final opportunity for comments to be made. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan deals with a range of strategic planning issues including housing, transport and green infrastructure for a twenty year period beginning in 2018. Its role will be to guide Local Development Plans produced by Local Authorities in the future.
Comments, known as representations, can be made on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan for a six week period between Thursday 13 October and Thursday 24 November 2016. Representations can be submitted using SESplan’s consultation portal: sesplan-consult.objective.co.uk. In line with government guidelines, representations should set out the specific changes you think should be made to the plan along with your reason(s) for them. Representations should be limited to 2,000 words per issue, though you are welcome to submit representations on more than one issue.
SESplan will also be running a series of public events where you can find out more about the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. These will be held on the following dates:
- Monday 24 October, City Chambers, Dunfermline
- Wednesday 26 October, Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg
- Thursday 3 November, West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston
- Monday 7 November, City Chambers, Edinburgh
- Wednesday 9 November, The Brunton, Musselburgh
- Thursday 10 November, Council Headquarters, Newtown St. Boswells
Each event will be open from 3pm to 6.30pm on a drop-in basis when anyone can come along to discuss the plan without prior arrangement.
Additional copies of the Proposed Strategic Development Plan and supporting documents can be downloaded from the SESplan website.