The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduces the concept of Regional Spatial Strategies. These are non-statutory documents which provide a spatial representation of the key regional land use issues requiring to be addressed across the region.
Although non-statutory in nature (they do not form part of the development plan and will not have a status in planning decisions) their purpose is to guide the development of the two parts of the Development Plan set out in the 2019 Act, namely the National Planning Framework and Local Development Plans.
An interim Regional Spatial Strategy was considered by the SESplan Joint Committee on 21 September 2020. Following ratification of the Joint Committee’s decision by each of the SESplan member authorities, the interim Regional Spatial Strategy was submitted to Scottish Government for consideration. Scottish Government is currently considering the submission.
The interim Regional Spatial Strategy can be viewed here
SESplan's second Proposed Strategic Development Plan was submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination on Monday 26 June 2017. The examination of the Plan commenced in August 2017.
On 16 May 2019, SESplan received notification that Scottish Ministers have decided to reject the Plan. The decision letter can be viewed at Scottish Ministers Decision Letter
On 16 March 2020 the SESplan Development Plan Scheme (DPS 12) was approved by the SESplan Joint Committee. The Development Plan Scheme can be downloaded here.
The South East Scotland Strategic Development Planning Authority, SESplan, is a partnership of six member authorities including Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian. SESplan's key role is to prepare and maintain an up to date Strategic Development Plan for the South East Scotland area. This process involves engaging key stakeholders and the wider community. The first Strategic Development Plan was approved by Scottish Ministers on 27 June 2013.
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