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The Development Plan

The Development Plan of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is comprised of National Planning Framework 4 and the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan.

Current Development Plan

On 19 November 2018 the Comhairle adopted the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan. This replaces and supersedes the Local Development Plan that was adopted in 2012.

Supplementary Guidance

As part of the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan the Comhairle has adopted the following Supplementary Guidances.

National Planning Policy

In January 2023 the Scottish Parliament approved the Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).  This document was adopted and published by Scottish Ministers on 13 February 2023, at which point it became part of the statutory development plan and so influence planning decisions across Scotland. NPF4 supersedes National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy.

NPF4 is a long-term plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed. Looking ahead to 2045 it will guide spatial development, set out national planning policies, designate national developments, and highlight regional spatial priorities.

Development Plan Scheme

The Comhairle is required to publish a Development Plan Scheme (DPS) to set out the stages, programme and consultation arrangements for preparing the new Plan. The DPS is reviewed annually to reflect progress with the Plan preparation.

Development Plan Scheme 2023

Working Towards a New Local Development Plan

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 changed the way in which Local Development Plans are produced, including up front community engagement, life of the plan changing from 5 years to 10 years and the introduction of Local Place Plans. 

The Comhairle is initiating the process of preparing a new Local Development Plan, this process takes a number of years and the different stages are shown below. 

Development Plan Process Stages

Evidence Report

The first stage of preparing the LDP is the Evidence Report, which sets out a summary of the information gathered on a number of issues including housing, health needs and infrastructure.  The information provided will be used to inform the Local Development Plan ensuring that it is based on the future planning needs of the Outer Hebrides. 

As part of gathering the information for the Evidence Report, there is a requirement to carry out community engagement with members of the public, various groups and stakeholders.  Further information on these engagement activities will be published on the website and social media.  Please email the team at if you would like to find out more, be added to our mailing list or be kept updated on the process.

Local Place Plan

We are currently inviting communities to create Local Place Plans (LPPs) in accordance with Schedule 19 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.

Local Place Plans have been introduced to encourage communities to be active participants in planning for their futures and to have a more direct role in the decisions that influence their place.

Local Place Plans focus on the community’s proposals for the development and use of land and provide a new opportunity for communities to feed into the planning system with ideas and proposals. If a Local Place Plan is registered by the Comhairle, they are required to take the contents into account when preparing the next Local Development Plan.

For us to validate and register Local Place Plans submitted to us, they need to comply with the guidance set out in the Circular. A key feature of LPPs is that they are prepared by a ‘community body’ and contain proposals for the development and use of land, and the proposals are shown on a map.

The Comhairle cannot prepare Local Place Plans for communities but we can help advise on the process and requirements and can signpost groups to sources of information and practical help.

Community bodies can prepare an LPP at any time, but if their purpose in preparing one is to influence our next Local Development Plan, it should be submitted to the Comhairle by September 2024

If you are considering preparing a Local Place Plan, or are already in a position to submit one, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact:

Please see below for guidance on creating Local Place Plans:

An LPP can be promoted and developed by:

The Planning Service will keep a register of Local Place Plans as they are prepared. Once registered, Local Place Plans will not themselves be an integral part of the development plan, they will nevertheless have a statutory role in shaping the planning process. They will require to be taken account of by the council when it is preparing the next LDP.

No Local Place Plans are currently registered with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

If you have any questions about Local Place Plans, contact us by emailing:

Marine Planning

As the largest marine region Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would like to progress the preparation of a regional Marine Plan for the Outer Hebrides. In the meantime, please see the Scottish Government’s website for information on Marine Planning and the current National Marine Plan.


For further information on the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan please contact the Development Plan team by e-mail