Local development plan

Local development plan - proposed

We have approved our Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) which sets out land use proposals and planning policies which are intended to guide development and inform planning decisions within the Scottish Borders over the next ten years. The representation period in relation to the Proposed Local Development Plan closed on 25 January 2021.

The Proposed LDP comprises the policies in Volume one and settlement profiles in Volume two.

On 10 March 2022 we agreed officer responses to the representations received during the representation period of the Proposed Local Development Plan. We will now be taking steps to take the Proposed Local Development Plan forward for Examination. 

Download the representations received in relation to the Proposed Local Development Plan. The representations have been redacted to remove some personal details and/or sensitive information.


September 2022 Update:  The above plan was submitted to Scottish Ministers on 14 July 2022 for examination and the Scottish Ministers have appointed Mr. Nick Smith BSc (Hons) MRTPI to carry out the examination. The council has provided the reporter with a summary of the issues that the council considers should be assessed at the examination. Subject to a number of administrative procedures the earliest date upon which the examination of issues raised in representations will commence is 26 September 2022.

Notices on the Examination have been published in the local press.

Information about the examination and summary of the issues (known as Schedule 4 Forms) being addressed by the reporters can be found on the DPEA website

If you require further information about the progress of the examination please contact: Christine Brown, Development Plan Team, Planning and Environmental Appeals Division, Hadrian House, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR; Tel: 0131 244 6866 or email: Christine.Brown@gov.scot


Introductory video  

Below is a short introductory video relating to the LDP which sets out the background, process and provides further details of the representation period (which has now closed).

Story map

A more detailed story map provides an overview of the LDP and it includes access to an interactive map which allows the allocated sites within the LDP to be viewed spatially. Alternatively you can go directly to the interactive map

Please note to view the story map this requires an up to date browser. If you get an error message please update to the latest versions:

Netherbarns/Abbotsford House

Due to many queries received and misunderstandings regarding the Netherbarns proposal, a summary map showing its relationship to Abbotsford House is available to view.

Privacy Notice

If you would like to see how we use or process any data you submit, you can download our Privacy Notice.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has been prepared which identifies and evaluates any likely significant effects on the environment and any necessary mitigation measures.

More information

If you have any questions relating to the Proposed LDP please phone the Forward Planning Team on 01835 825010.

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