The Statutory Development Plan for the National Park Planning Authority Area comprises the adopted National Planning Framework 4 (February 2023) (NPF4), and the Local Development Plan (2017-2021) (LDP) and its supplementary guidance. When determining planning applications the planning authority is legally required to make decisions in accordance with the statutory development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
As National Planning Framework 4 and the Local Development Plan policies now form the development plan, all the policies are to be read and applied as a whole. If you submit an application for planning permission, we’ll use the development plan, and any relevant material considerations to assess it and make a decision on whether or not it can go ahead.
See our NPF4 page for more information on NPF4
See below for our Local Development Plan and related guidance
The plan is dated 2017-2021 but we have revised our timescales for the next plan and the current plan will remain in place until 2024 to align with the new planning legislation. Read more in our Development Plan Scheme, which sets out the timeline and stages for preparing our new Local Development Plan.
Use our interactive map to navigate to the towns and villages and view site allocations to find out the progress of development delivery on each site.
These documents explain in more detail how the policy or strategy requirements of the Plan can be met. We recommend that you make use of our free pre-application service if you are unsure what details will be required and what guidance applies to your proposal.
The Design and Placemaking guidance is a good starting point. It contains information on site and area appraisal, including survey work we would expect to be undertaken.
Adopted Supplementary Guidance and this Plan form the Development Plan.
We have two Rural Development Frameworks, also supplementary guidance, that outline the area strategy for new development for the more pressured areas in South Buchanan and West Loch Lomondside. We are also developing a Framework for Strathard:
Planning Guidance does not form part of the development plan, but it still supports this Plan and forms a material consideration on a range of topics which may be expanded in the future.
Local Place Plans have been introduced to encourage communities to be active participants in planning for their futures.
We are spending time supporting and helping the communities of the National Park develop their own Local Place Plans that will inform the next Local Development Plan. To find out more about the support we can offer you and the communities we have been working with view our Local Place Plans page.
There are a number of background documents which provide the context for the Local Development Plan including housing evidence paper, main issues report, statutory assessments and engagement reports. We invited or communities, businesses, landowners and partner organisations to get involved in a series of events, design-led workshops (charrettes) to help inform the plan. Find out more about how we got here.
We have currently delayed the preparation of our next plan so it aligns with the new Planning Act (Scotland). This means the next plan will be for 10 years rather than 5 years. Find out more about the timescales in our Development Plan Scheme.