Development Plan

Adopted Local Development Plan (LDP)

On 19th November 2018 the Comhairle adopted the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan. This replaces and supersedes the Local Development Plan that was adopted in 2012.

Working towards a new Local Development Plan

The Comhairle has initiated the process of preparing a new Local Development Plan.

Supplementary Guidance

As part of the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan the Comhairle has adopted Statutory Supplementary Guidance

National Planning Policy

In January 2023 the Scottish Parliament approved the Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file). This document was adopted and published by Scottish Ministers on Monday 13th February 2023, at which point it became part of the statutory development plan and so influence planning decisions across Scotland. NPF4 supersedes National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy.

NPF4 is a long-term plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed. Looking ahead to 2045 it will guide spatial development, set out national planning policies, designate national developments, and highlight regional spatial priorities.

Development Plan Consultations

The adopted Local Development Plan points to a number of topics that will be reviewed or covered by further Supplementary Guidance.  Draft versions of these documents will be subject to consultation as they are in preparation.

Details of On-going Consultations

Customer Satisfaction Survey

We are carrying out a Customer Satisfaction Survey to help us understand how we can better serve our customers. It should only take 5 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept completely anonymous, so please be as open and frank as possible.

Click here to Participate in the Survey (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Contact Us

For further information please contact the Development Plan team on 01870 604990 or 01851 822690 or e-mail