Key document for development set to open for comments

The public will have their chance to have a say on future developments across Argyll and Bute from Monday.

Consultation on the council’s proposed Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan (LDP) will start on February 4.

The council says the document’s focus is on creating new jobs and investment opportunities, new ‘homes for people to live in’ and infrastructure including roads and superfast broadband.

The plan aims to provide a vision of how Argyll and Bute’s land will be used over the next 10 years in response to perceived challenges such as population loss and climate change.

Chair of the planning, protective services and licensing committee Sandy Taylor said the plan’s vision and aims were designed to address challenges that communities would face in the years ahead.

He added: “These include meeting all of our housing needs, reducing the need to travel, creating new job opportunities, retaining our essential services and looking after our outstanding natural and built environment and delivering the many development opportunities contained within the plan.

“Only by having a successful economy can we grow our working population and keep and enhance the essential services and infrastructure we all need to maintain our quality of life.”

Open days allowing people to have a look at the plans and speak to officials  have been arranged for later in the month,  including the Geilston Hall in Cardross on February 18 and the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh on February 25 – from 3pm to 8pm in both cases.

From Monday the public can take part in the consultation online  or you can download the form and send it back by e-mail to

The form can also be posted to Development Policy Team, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD or faxed to to 01546 604 678.

Following the consultation period any necessary changes will be made to the plan before being approved by the council and sent on to Scottish Ministers.

Once the plan has been examined by a Scottish Government-appointed Reporter to address any unresolved objections the LDP will be published with any required modifications and then adopted by the council as its land use policy document in its role as planning authority.


  1. As good as these Consolations are………Whats the point. the council spends thousands of our money on them, take years. then…………..take no notice of them, just like they did with the local plan to determine spaces that should not be built on…Open Space protected areas….OSPAs come to mind, it all looks good on paper, if they produce it, then stick to it,

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