Strategic Development Plan

The Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for South East Scotland

The Strategic Development Planning Authority for Edinburgh and South East Scotland (SESplan) is responsible for the preparation of a new Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for south eastern Scotland for the period 2012-2032. 

SESplan is made up of 6 local authorities. These are:

  • City of Edinburgh Council,
  • the southern part of Fife Council
  • West Lothian Council
  • East Lothian Council
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders Council

The SDP will set the strategic policy framework and development strategy for growth and environmental protection in this part of Scotland to 2032

SESplan published a Proposed Plan in November 2011 which was followed by a period of 6 weeks in which representations could be submitted on the document.

The Proposed Plan and the representations were considered at an Examination by Scottish Government Reporters conducted in late 2012 and early 2013. Following this the Reporters submitted a Report of Examination on the Proposed Plan to the Scottish Ministers in April 2013.

The Report of Examination was considered by Scottish Ministers who approved the SDP with modifications on 27 June 2013.

Through these modifications, the Scottish Ministers required that the SDP make provision for additional housing requirements, though the location of these was not specified. Therefore the modifications also include a requirement for SESplan and its member Councils, including Midlothian Council, to prepare Supplementary Guidance on the location of these additional housing land requirements.

Influence the next Strategic Development Plan

As part of early work on producing the next Strategic Development Plan (SDP2), SESplan is currently seeking views on the challenges, vision and priorities for South-east Scotland for the next 20 years:

More information about SESplan and the SDP can be obtained from SESplan through their website or by telephone to their office. Contact details for these are listed below:

  • 0131 524 5165


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Claremont House
130 East Claremont Street

0131 524 5165 (tel)

0131 524 5151 (fax)

Planning Policy

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Fairfield House
8 Lothian Road
EH22 3AA

0131 271 3470 (3302 for planning permission matters) (tel)

0131 271 3537 (fax)

Development Management / Planning Permission

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Fairfield House
8 Lothian Road
EH22 3ZN

0131 271 3302 (tel)

0131 271 3537 (fax)