Local Development Plan (LDP)

Adopted Plan

Quick link to Outer Hebrides LDP (Adopted Plan - 2012) (5.4MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) – Working Towards A New Plan

The Comhairle has now reached the final stage in the preparation of the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan 2.

The Proposed Plan has been modified following examination of the Plan by Scottish Government’s Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). The Comhairle has now published a ‘Notice of Intention to Adopt’ and intends to adopt the Proposed Plan (as modified) on or after 30th July 2018, unless otherwise advised by Scottish Ministers.

The Proposed Plan (incorporating the modifications), a list of the modifications and the ‘Notice of Intention to Adopt’ can be viewed on the at LDP2 Proposed Plan and Examination.

Meantime, the current Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan remains as statutory policy.

Programming of future LDP work is set out in the Development Plan Scheme

Local Development Plan - Current Plan

On 9th November 2012 the Comhairle adopted the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan and associated statutory Supplementary Guidance, as the adopted Development Plan to guide development in the Outer Hebrides. This replaces and supersedes the Western Isles Local and Structure Plans.

The Plan along with associated documents is available to view below:

Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan (5.4MB)

Plana Leasachaidh Ionadail Innse Gall (6.4MB)

Proposal Maps booklet (8.7MB)

Development Context Map (14.4MB)

Development Strategy Map (22.9MB)

Statutory Supplementary Guidance and Other Guidance

Update June 2018: As the Comhairle seeks to adopt a new Local Development Plan it is also seeking to re-adopt a number of existing Supplementary Guidance documents: Conservation Area Management Plans; Wind Energy Development; Marine Fish Farming; and Caravans and Temporary Buildings. The Comhairle is undertaking a short Consultation on these Supplementary Guidances.

The current Supplementary Guidances below remain the statutory policy meantime.

The Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan includes the following statutory Supplementary Guidance. This Supplementary Guidance aims to assist applicants with aspects of detailed planning matters:

Caravans and Temporary Buildings (3.5MB)

Car Parking and Roads Layout (3.0MB)

Conservation Area Management Plans (8.1MB)

Marine Fish Farming (8.8MB)

Marine Fish Farming Spatial Strategy Map (7.9MB)

Melbost Farm East Planning Brief (3.3MB)

The Comhairle has adopted revised new Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development. This Guidance covers all scales of wind energy and all sizes of turbines.

Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development (2.4MB)

Map 1 Comhairle Spatial Strategy for Wind Farms (484.9kB)

Map 2 SPP Spatial Framework & Other Considerations (2.9MB)

Arnish Planning Protocol (1.3MB)

Action Programme

On 6th December 2012 the Comhairle adopted the Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan Action Programme (3.2MB). This sets out how the Plan’s policies and proposals will be implemented.

In line with legislative requirements the Action Programme was reviewed and updated in 2014, Action Programme Review 2014 (650.2kB) and again in 2017, Action Programme Second Review 2017 (824.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Related Documents and Processes

Development Plan Scheme

Environmental Assessment

Public Notice of Adoption (34.1kB)

Scottish Ministers Letter of Adoption (48.4kB)

Landscape Character Assessment – Western Isles (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Outer Hebrides Housing Need & Demand Assessment

Housing Land Audit 2013

Outer Hebrides Local Housing Strategy 2011 - 16

Monitoring Statement (1.1MB)

Equalities Impact Assessment (Not available on-line)

Local Development Plan Process

Preparation of the Local Development Plan began in 2009 and the key stages can be viewed at
LDP : Preparation and Key Stages


For further information please contact  the Development Plan team on 01870 604990 or 01851 822690 or e-mail localdevplan@cne-siar.gov.uk