Have your say on region’s future

Residents and interest groups living in the South East of Scotland are being asked for their views on the challenges which will arise as the result of future population growth in the area.

Consultation of the SESplan’s main issues report is underway.

The SESplan City Region covers the council areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, the southern half of Fife, Midlothian, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. Over the next 20 years, the predicted population growth in the region is 18 per cent with the number of households growing by 25 per cent. This will raise a number of challenges, including the need to provide more housing and infrastructure and how to protect the environment.

A consultation on SESplan’s Main Issues Report is currently underway and runs until Wednesday, September 30.

This is the first stage in the preparation of the region’s second Strategic Development Plan – a planning document covering the whole region and which is used to inform the Local Development Plan for each local authority area. The Strategic Development Plan focuses on long-term, strategic matters which cross local authority boundaries such as housing, economic growth, green networks and infrastructure.

You can find out more about it at a public drop-in event at the Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg, on Wednesday, September 16 between 3pm-7pm.

The Main Issues Report is also available at www.sesplan.gov.uk and in council planning offices and libraries. An easy to read guide has also been produced.