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Local Development Plan (LDP2)

Local Development Plan 2 sets out how and where land and property will be used in Dumfries and Galloway to realise the vision for the next 20 years. The written policies give guidance on all aspects of development, when it'll be supported and when it won't.

COVID-19 Updates

Closure of Kirkbank and Ashwood House

The Planning and Building Standards offices (Kirkbank in Dumfries and Ashwood House in Stranraer) are now closed until further notice to visiting members of the public.

Please contact the team via email using

All planning applications we receive are decided on the basis of land allocations and policies within Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2). We adopted LDP2 on 3 October 2019 and replaces the previously adopted 2014 LDP.

A paper version of LDP2 can be viewed at local libraries and planning offices:

  • Kirkbank House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HS (call 01387 260199)
  • Ashwood House, Sun Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JJ (call 01776 888468)

Supporting documents

LDP2 is prepared using many sources of information and there are a number of documents that support it:

Updates and progress

An Action Programme lists all the actions needed to deliver the policies and proposals contained in LDP2, when they are expected to be delivered and who will take the lead in delivering them. 

The Development Plan Scheme sets out the programme for preparing and reviewing the Development Plan. The current version sets out the programme for LDP2, it will be updated later this year to reflect LDP2s now adopted status. Through Gov Delivery you can be kept up to date with LDP2 by signing up to receive our regular e-bulletin:

For background information on how LDP2 was developed a page has been created to provide further information on the stages involved.

Design awards

The Dumfries and Galloway Design Awards set out to recognise, promote and celebrate innovative and exceptional design in new and adapted buildings across the region.

Simplified planning zone

The Council are promoting self-build residential plots on a site at Hardthorn Road Dumfries. This Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) will guide developers to develop their own plots without the need for planning permission subject to the guidelines set out in the scheme.

A 6-week public consultation will run from 11 September to 23 October 2020 to allow comments to be provided on the scheme which will be considered prior to adoption. Further information can be found on the Council consultation page .

If you are interested in becoming a self-builder for this site please contact us at and we shall add you to our SPZ Self-Build Register. Further information and updates of the scheme will be provided on this webpage.

Page last updated: 10/09/2020
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