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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 LDP@dumgal.gov.uk


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 (DPS) sets out the programme for preparing and reviewing the Development Plan. There are a number of changes taking place at the national level that will impact on when work will begin on preparing the next Plan (LDP3) and what that Plan will look like. The Covid-19 pandemic has also impacted the timetables of numerous plans and strategies. This edition of the DPS primarily focuses on the planning reforms, what happens next and how you can get involved. It also sets out a proposed work programme for the coming year.

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) Scheme will guide developers to develop their own plots without the need for planning permission subject to the guidelines set out in the Scheme. The site is currently being marketed for sale with the SPZ attached.

A 6-week public consultation ran from 11 September to 23 October 2020 to allow comments on the scheme to be considered prior to adoption. A summary of these comments and the Council responses are contained in the Statement of Decisions.

The Scheme and the Statement of Decisions were considered by the Economy and Resources Committee on November 24th 2020 and the Scheme was approved for adoption. Notice of the Schemes adoption was published in local newspapers on January 15th 2021.

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

Indicative Regional Spatial Strategy

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 establishes a duty for a planning authority, or authorities acting jointly, to prepare and adopt a Regional Spatial Strategy.  Although this part of the Act has to be enacted, the Scottish Government encouraged planning authorities to develop an Indicative Regional Spatial Strategy (IRSS) for their area which will inform the review of the National Planning Framework (NPF4) which is currently underway.

An iRSS has been produced jointly by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council  for the South of Scotland.

Page last updated: 25/06/2021
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