Local Development Plan 2

The Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 was adopted on 28th February 2024, and replaces the Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2015 and its associated Supplementary Guidance (March 2016), and Supplementary Guidance 2 (December 2016).

Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 Adopted February 2024

The Development Plan for Argyll and Bute consists of National Planning Framework 4, the Adopted Local Development Plan and any associated Supplementary Guidance.

The Council formally adopted the Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 on the 28th February 2024. 

The Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 provides the local planning framework for the Council area, excluding the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area. The Plan is divided into the written statement and proposals maps. The written statement provides the general policy context against which planning applications for new development proposals should be assessed. This is supported by the proposals maps which show the range of development opportunities and constraints within the area, for example :-

  • the key development areas, for example, the allocations for housing, industry and business, community facilities and infrastructure;
  • the potential areas for future development (Potential Development Areas);
  • areas requiring actions such as environmental improvement or regeneration (Areas for Action);
  • and environmental designations such as national Scenic Areas, Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Protection Areas and Local Nature Conservation Sites

You can view the online Local Development Plan 2 as a Story Map here: Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2. This contains the Proposals Maps in our interactive mapping system.

You can view or download PDF’s of the Written Statement and the Local Development Plan Maps:

The following documents accompany Local Development Plan 2:

Technical notes

Completed Stages in the LDP2 process

Scottish Ministers Modifications

The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (as modified following Examination) was submitted to the Scottish Government on the 23rd October. The Scottish Government notified the Council on 15th December that amendments are required to Proposed Local Development Plan 2 and that the Council may not adopt the plan until such amendments are made.  The Council agreed to make the modifications as directed by Scottish Ministers at their meeting on 22nd February 2024 and notified them accordingly, the plan (as modified) was adopted on 28th February 2024.

The Plan (as submitted to the Scottish Government on 23rd October) was accompanied by: 


The Report of Examination in to the Argyll and Bute Proposed Local Development Plan 2 was published on 13/06/2023 by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA).

The Report of Examination is available here

A summary table is available here.

Proposed Local Development Plan 2 Consultation 2019

The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 consultation ran from 14th November 2019 to 12 noon on 24th January 2020.

You can still view the Proposed Local Development Plan 2 online as an interactive storymap (a storymap is a combination of text and interactive maps). Proposed Local Development Plan 2 Storymap

Main Issues Report 

The first formal stage of the LDP2 process was the Main Issues Report which helped inform the production of Proposed Local Development Plan 2.

You can still view the Main Issues Report using the online storymap.

The Main Issues Report was accompanied by the following supporting documents:

Get in touch / Stay in touch

Get in touch:

For more information regarding Local Development Plan 2 please get in touch with us either by telephone: 01546 604158. Or by email:ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk

If you wish to speak to one of our Development Policy planning officers then we would ask that you call or email with some details regarding your query so that we can arrange an appointment with the appropriate officer.

Stay in Touch:

If you wish to be added to the Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) mailing list, please contact us at ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk

You can also follow us on Twitter: @ABC_Planning

Development Plan Scheme

The Development Plan Scheme sets out the Council’s programme for preparing the replacement Local Development Plan, which will be called LDP3. 

For more information please contact us by email: ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604158

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