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15 July 2018West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan-Update 13th July 2018

Dear Sir/Madam

 

WEST HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (WESTPLAN) – PROPOSED PLAN

The Town And Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

DPEA Reference Number: LDP-270-6

 

 

The above plan was submitted by The Highland Council to Scottish Ministers on 6 July 2018 for examination. The local development plan is prepared in order to guide future development and inform the planning authority’s decisions on planning applications.

 

You had previously made representation(s) to the Council regarding WestPan when it was consulted on and Scottish Ministers have been made aware that the issue(s) raised in your representation(s) has/have not been resolved.

 

The Scottish Ministers have appointed Mr Trevor Croft as the reporter who will carry out the examination of the above plan. The administration of the examination will be carried out by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA). We have provided the reporter with a summary of the issues that we consider should be assessed at the examination, and a copy of your full representation. Your representation will be considered by the reporter. Please note that additional reporters may be appointed to support the speedy delivery of the report.

 

The reporter will now commence the examination of conformity with our participation statement as required by Section 19(4) of the Town and Country Planning Scotland Act 1997 (as amended). To comply with Section 19(7) of the Act, the examination of the above plan under Section 19(3) of the Act will not commence until the examination of conformity with the participation statement has concluded, or until four weeks from the date of the appointment of the reporter, whichever is the later. Therefore the earliest date upon which the examination of issues raised in representations will commence is 7 August 2018.

 

A notice regarding this examination is being published in all Highland editions of the Press and Journal on 20 July 2018 (see attached).

 

The version of WestPlan submitted for examination is the Proposed Plan (2017) without any further modifications being made to it. It may be viewed online via www.highland.gov.uk/whildp, in public libraries (including mobile libraries) and at the Council’s main office at Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX and is available for inspection free of charge during normal opening hours.Please note that WestPlan is closed to further comment.

 

You do not need to take any action in response to this letter. The reporters are not expected to require further information from you, but if they do then DPEA will write to you specifying what is needed and how and when you should submit it.

 

If you have recently changed your contact details or do so during the examination of WestPlan, please let us know. This can be done by response to this email or via the postal address at the foot of this letter including both your old and new contact details, indicating “WestPlan” as your area of interest, so that we can update our contact list and ensure that both the Council and DPEA use the correct details. Please note, if you are a user of our consultation portal http://consult.highland.gov.uk then you should update your contact details on your portal account as well.

 

Information about the examination including the names of any additional reporters, a summary of the issues being addressed by the reporters (known as Schedule 4 Forms), Further Information Requests and Responses, Document Lists, any Hearing and Inquiry Statements and, in due course, the Examination Report can be found at the DPEA’s website using this weblink: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=119771

 

Further guidance on the examination process is available from the Scottish Government’s website using this weblink: https://beta.gov.scot/policies/planning-architecture/development-plans/

 

A guidance note that explains development plan examinations for people who have submitted representations is available using this weblink:

https://beta.gov.scot/publications/development-plan-representations-guidance/

 

If you require further information about the progress of the examination please contact Morag Smith, Planning and Environmental Appeals, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR, or telephone 0131 244 8173, or email Morag.Smith@gov.scot.

 

DPEA collect information if you take part in the planning process, use DPEA websites, send correspondence to DPEA or attend a webcast.  To find out more about what information is collected, how the information is used and managed please read the DPEA's privacy notice - https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planning-and-environmental-appeals-division-privacy-notice/

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Tim Stott

Principal Planner (Development Plans)

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