Sunday June 7th 2015
By Phil Bowen
The Midlothian Local Development Plan (MLDP) was published for public consultation on Thursday 14th May and the deadline for comments is Friday 26th June.
Scottish planning rules require councils to maintain a sufficient supply of land for housing and pass a Local Development plan that sets out where houses can be built. The plan should provide a clear vision of how an area should develop. It should also contain policies, proposals and strategies for the future development and use of land and address a range of issues including housing, employment, shopping, transportation, recreation, countryside and the environment.
Recently councillors in Edinburgh finally approved the Edinburgh Local Developmnent Plan after a stormy council meeting. The plan was approved despite the Deputy Leader of Edinburgh Council calling the plan “mince”
The Midlothian Local Development Plan is a very important document which the people in Midlothian should read very carefully and comment on if they disagree with it’s contents before it gets to the council approval stage. The plan will affect everyone in Midlothian so everyone should take the opportunity to have their say.
There is a Public Meeting to discuss the MLDP on Monday 8th June, 7pm to 9:30pm at Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club, 8 Woodburn Road, Dalkeith, EH22 2AT. Midlothian Councillors have been invited to hear public views and to answer questions about the plan. There will be a short presentation by experts followed by an open forum for questions.
You can view the Midlothian Local Development Plan HERE