Working towards a new Local Development Plan

The current Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan was adopted in November 2018.

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.  Further regulations and guidance on this process are expected from the Scottish Government during 2023.

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. 

This web page will be kept up to date as the preparation of the LDP progresses.

Stages of preparing a new Local Development Plan

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 Plans

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.