A public consultation on the proposed Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan (LDP) will start on Monday 4 February. The focus of the plan is on creating new jobs and investment opportunities, new homes for people to live in and the necessary infrastructure such as roads and superfast broadband to make this happen.
The plan provides a clear vision of how Argyll and Bute’s land will be used over the next 10 years in response to the key challenges facing our area such as population loss and climate change.
Chair of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing (PPSL) Committee, Councillor Sandy Taylor said, “The proposed Local Development Plan includes a vision, key aims and policy responses which are designed to address the challenges the communities of Argyll and Bute will face in the years ahead. These include meeting all of our housing needs, reducing the need to travel, creating new job opportunities, retaining our essential services and looking after our outstanding natural and built environment and delivering the many development opportunities contained within the plan.
“Only by having a successful economy can we grow our working population and keep and enhance the essential services and infrastructure we all need to maintain our quality of life. A series of open days have been arranged across Argyll and Bute and I would encourage as many people as possible to go along, speak to our planning team, have a look at the LDP and make their views known.”
The open days are arranged for the weeks beginning Monday 18 February and Monday 25 February and are being held between 3 and 8pm as follows;
CARDROSS – Geilston Hall – 18 February
LOCHGILPHEAD – Community Centre – 19 February
OBAN – Corran Halls – 20 February
DUNOON – Queen’s Hall – 20 February
CAMPBELTOWN – Victoria Hall – 21 February
HELENSBURGH – Victoria Halls - 25 February
ROTHESAY – Pavilion – 26 February (Finishes at 7.15pm)
TOBERMORY – Taigh Solais – 28 February
BOWMORE – Service Point – 28 February
From Monday 4 February you can take part in the consultation in a number of ways. You can respond online at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/ldp or you can download the form and send it back by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org You can also post the form back to the council at the following address: Development Policy Team, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD. Or you can fax the form back to 01546 604 678. Please follow the council’s Twitter feed @argyllandbute for all the latest tweets on the consultation.
The proposed LDP has been developed after extensive consultation with more than a thousand stakeholders over several years. This includes community councils, developers, land owners, private individuals and key agencies including Scottish Natural Heritage, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Scotland and Scottish Water.
Following the consultation period any necessary changes will be made to the plan before being approved by the council and sent on to Scottish Ministers. Once the LDP has been examined by a Scottish Government appointed Reporter to address any unresolved objections the LDP will be published with any required modifications and then adopted by Argyll and Bute Council as its land use policy document in its role as planning authority.