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Sleat Community Council

Comhairle Choimhearsnachd Shlèite

Highland Local Development Plan (HLDP)

From the Highland Council April 2024

A new Plan for Highland

We are currently preparing a new Local Development Plan for Highland. It is planned that this will be adopted in 2027 as required by the Scottish Government.

Local Development Plans show how local places will change in the future, including where development should and should not happen.

Place-based, people-centred, delivery-focused

The national context for the new Highland Local Development Plan (HLDP) is set out in National Planning Framework 4 (external link) (NPF4).

As sought by NPF4, we are aiming for the HLDP to be:

  • place-based, so that it is relevant, accessible, and useful to people with an interest in their place
  • developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders
  • based on robust evidence, so that it is deliverable

Preparing the Plan

The HLDP work programme includes the preparation of an Evidence Report towards the end of 2024 and a subsequent Gate Check, with the Proposed Plan stage towards the end of 2025.

We have begun gathering evidence for the HLDP which will continue during 2024 and we are engaging people in that.

Read more at this link which includes the latest Development Plans Newsletter published March 2024.


West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan (Adopted 2nd August 2019)

In early 2015 the Highland Council announced that a new Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan is to be established for a large area of the West Highlands and Islands which will take 5 years to the point of adoption. The area of Sleat is deemed to be one of 18 areas to be focused on in terms of development and specifically the area designated as 'East Sleat' running from Toravaig to Armadale.

The Highland Council's web page for the new Plan is to be found here. Submissions from members of the public, organisations and businesses can be made via email to

The Community Council invited Tim Stott, the HC's Principal Planner to the SCC meeting on the 10th of March to give a presentation about the Plan with specific reference to Sleat and his PowerPoint presentation can be found on this link  here.

As a result of this presentation and the need for the community to make comments on how we see the development process in Sleat in coming years the Council has made a submisison to the new Plan, as an initial statement, and this can be found here.

We encourage you to read the document we have submitted and any views will be gratefully received and treated in the strictest confidence.

The SCC meeting held on 5th May was devoted entirely to the West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan and  the HC Onshore Wind Consultation for which initial submissions need to be made by 22nd May. Over 40 local residents attended the meeting and the presentation that was shown to the meeting is shown on this link:

Note this is a link to the 'Dropbox' file and was produced with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, if you cannot read this presentation a copy using an earier version is shown at this link:

The Community Council thanks all of those who attended the meetinga and encourages everyone to continue to make comments on the WHILDP by emailing  and for the consultation on Wind Farm Policy click the link here.

The SCC made a further submission to the Plan in May 2015 specifically referring to the loss of agricultural land and this is shown here.


August 2017

The Highland Council have now published online all of the comments made for the final consultation for the West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan which closed on 21st July. Shown below is the link to the relevant pages for Sleat and it is encouraging to see many local residents and organisations making views known. You will see that the site (ES01) above Knock Bay has the largest number of comments, and there are general Sleat-wide commentaries at the top of the section. These include the Community Council's submission following the special meeting held after the AGM on 27th June. You are not required to log in to the web portal to view the comments and related descriptions and maps. As we understand it this, like all other areas, will be reviewed in due course by local committees of the Highland Council and in Skye's case this is the 'Skye and Raasay Committee'. There were some late representations from one developer and should others wish to add comment these will need to sent to Late submissions may, in some cases, be inadmissible.