Check out local plan report

Aerial shot of Straiton retail park.
Aerial shot of Straiton retail park.

The new Midlothian Local Development Plan, which replaces the one published in 2008, has reached another key stage prior to its adoption by Midlothian Council later this year.

The Local Development Plan sets out the policies and proposals for the future development and use of land in the area. It addresses a range of issues including housing, employment, shopping, transportation, recreation, countryside and the environment.

The proposed plan was open for public comment in the early summer of 2015, and these comments were reported to the council in May 2016.

This plan was then submitted to Scottish Ministers in September last year, and a Scottish Government Reporter was appointed to look at the unresolved representations made during the consultation period.

That work has now been completed and a Report of Examination has been published, which can be viewed at www.midlothian.gov.uk/mldp, containing summaries of representations made, as well as the Reporter’s recommendations.

Robert Hogg, chairman of Midlothian Federation of Community Councils said: “Anybody interested in the development of Midlothian in the years ahead up to 2025 should check this out as it’s very important, that’s the future of our county. It covers a wide range of things, housing, business, environmental issues, everything really. It’s a wide-ranging report.

“We will discuss it at our next meeting, it’s important that people read it and forward any comments either to the federation or to their local community council.”

Midlothian Council will now consider what changes may need to be made to the proposed plan in light of the report, before proceeding to adopt the Midlothian Local Development Plan later in the year.