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Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2)


Examination Process

An Examination is a review of the unresolved representations made on the Proposed Plan.

The Examination is undertaken by a person(s) appointed by Scottish Ministers to allow for independent scrutiny. The appointed person will look at any unresolved objections and make recommendations based on their findings. These will be binding on the Comhairle unless the recommendations do not meet certain requirements.

Following consultation on the Proposed Plan 49 representations were received
Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan 2– Proposed Plan Representations

The examination process is on issues, not individual representations.

Examination Submission

Summaries of the Unresolved Issues and the Comhairle’s Proposed Response to these are incorporated in documents called ‘Schedule 4s’ and these along with relevant Representations and Supporting Documents, were submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination on 31st July 2017.

The Scottish Ministers will shortly appoint a reporter to carry out the examination of the Proposed Plan. Additional reporters may be appointed to aid the speedy delivery of the report. The administration of the examination will be carried out by the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA).

Information about the examination, the Schedule 4 Forms, Further Information Requests, Further Information Responses, Documents Lists, any Hearing Statements and, in due course, the Examination Report will be available to view on the DPEA website at

Further guidance on the examination process is available from the Scottish Government's website:

A guidance note that explains development plan examinations for people who have submitted representations:

Latest DPEA Updates

This will be updated as they are announced on the DPEA website.