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Local Development Plan (2019)

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What is a Local Development Plan?

The icon Perth & Kinross Local Development Plan (LDP) (2019) [46Mb] was adopted on 29 November 2019. Please note the Local Development Plan document is large in size and may take some time to download - if possible, we would recommend downloading the document using a desktop computer using Wi-Fi.

The LDP is a statutory document that guides all future development and use of land. It acts as a catalyst for changes and improvements in the area and shapes the environment and economy of Perth and Kinross. The LDP provides clear guidance on what development will or will not be allowed and where. It addresses a wide range of policy issues, including housing, retail, business, industry, transport, recreation, built and natural heritage, placemaking and climate change. The previous icon Local Development Plan [28Mb], adopted in 2014, has now been superseded.

Following adoption of the Local Development Plan (2019) there is a six-week period in which the Plan can be legally challenged.

The LDP provides the framework against which planning applications are assessed and will be reviewed every 5 years to ensure an up to date Plan is in place to guide future development in the area.

The LDP is required to be consistent with the Strategic Development Plan - TAYplan.

The LDP follows four key themes (Successful, Sustainable Place; Low Carbon Place; Natural, Resilient Place; Connected Place) under which the Plan contains the following:

  • Vision and Key Objectives - this is a broad statement (with accommpanying objectives) of how the development of Perth & Kinross could and should occur and what the area might look like in the future.
  • Spatial Strategy - this will indicate land use zonings and framework(s), and site specific proposals for implementation during the life of the Plan, which will help achieve the vision.
  • Policies - these will give clear guidance on where development will be encouraged, and also where and in what circumstances it will not be permitted.
  • Settlement Statements - these statements provide the land use framework for specific settlements within the Council area including maps of any land use zonings and specific policy opportunities/restrictions. Copies of high resolution Settlement Maps are available to view/download.

Legislation requires Development Plans are updated every 5 years to ensure that they are up to date and make provision for an adequate supply of land for various uses.

How is a Local Development Plan prepared?

  • Main Issues Report (MIR): focuses on the key issues that are changing from the adoption of the last plans and will set out general proposals for development in the area, in particular where development should and should not occur. The MIR is the key consultation stage.
  • Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP): sets out the Council's settled view as to how  the development of Perth & Kinross could and should occur and what the area might look like in the future. It includes policies and development proposals which will help achieve this.
  • LDP Examination & Post-Examination Modifications: an independent Reporter will decide the format this will take, for example: a hearing, public local inquiry or through written submissions. Any unresolved representations from the Proposed Plan consultation will be part of the examination process. Following examination the Reporter will prepare a report setting out their findings. The Council is largely bound by the recommendations in this report and will amend the LDP in line with the recommendations unless there are reasonable or justifiable reasons for not accepting some of them.
  • Adoption: The Council will publicise its intention to adopt the Local Development Plan through a formal public notice.
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA): The Council is required to undertake Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) at various stages of the preparation of the Local Development Plan to consider any significant environmental effects, including on designated European sites.
  • icon Development Plan Scheme (DPS) [1Mb]: sets out the timetable for the preparation and publication of the Plan and also what is involved at each of the stages. It includes an outline of the opportunities for public involvement and consultation during the Plan. The DPS is reviewed at least every year to provide an up-to-date picture of how the Plan is progressing.

Where can I get more information?

The Council's Development Plan Scheme details the programme for the preparation of the LDP and sets out key milestones, including where we have undertaken public consultation. Alternatively, you can contact a member of the team via email (, telephone (01738 475300) or post (Development Plans Team, Perth & Kinross Council, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD).

Live consultations

There are currently no live consultations associated with the LDP.

*Please note that the website is under development following adoption of the new Local Development Plan and that some links to previous webpages may be broken. Please get in touch with a member of the team if there is specific information that you are looking for in relation to the Development Plan.*

Contact details

Development Plan

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 475300