The Stirling Local Development Plan (LDP) applies to the Stirling Council area with the exception of areas within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where the National Park Authority is responsible for planning.

The LDP is the primary document that is used to assess an application for development.

The LDP sets out the council's policies and proposals for the use of land in the area. It guides development to the most appropriate locations, whilst ensuring that the quality of the built and natural environment is protected. The plan also sets out how any new improved facilities, such as roads, schools and parks will be provided. The policies are applied when assessing planning applications.

Local Development Plan

The current LDP was adopted by Stirling Council on the 8th of October 2018.

The next Local Development Plan (LDP3)

The interim Development Plan Scheme (DPS) was agreed by the Environment and Housing Committee at the meeting of 16 September 2021. The scheme sets out the indicative timetable and broad programme for reviewing the adopted Local Development Plan (LDP2) and preparing the next Local Development Plan (LDP3).

The LDP3 will be prepared under the new development planning regulations of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, which are expected to come into force in summer 2022. In line with anticipated timescales for implementation of the Act this is likely to see a new local development plan adopted in late 2026.

The Participation Statement, which forms part of the DPS, sets out how, when and with whom engagement opportunities and consultation are expected to take place. As we are awaiting the publication of secondary legislation we are not yet able to develop our participation statement but will work with stakeholders over the coming months to start and develop this.

As a first step, we would like to hear your views on the Participation Statement and how you would like to participate in the plan-making process. Contact details are provided in the DPS and under the ‘Participant Database’ section, below.

Supplementary Guidance

The statutory development plan also comprises of Supplementary Guidance on a range of different topics, adopted by the Council in support of the Stirling Local Development Plan, October 2018 (LDP2).

We are currently reviewing all Supplementary Guidance (SG) documents that formed part of the previously adopted Local Development Plan, September 2014.


To inform the Local Development Plan, the Planning & Policy team undertake annual monitoring of development relating to housing, employment and retail, in addition to areas of vacant and derelict land.

Participant Database

Should you wish to be notified of future alteration or reviews of the Stirling Local Development Plan please send your contact details to and your contact details will be included in our mailing list.

(Registration emails will not be acknowledged unless requested, there is no need to re-register and you can unsubscribe at any time. This list may be occasionally be used to advise of other consultations or announcements related to Development Planning).


Last updated: Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:34 AM