Development plans and policies

The current development plan for Midlothian

The current development plan for Midlothian is made up of two plans:

  • The Midlothian Local Development Plan, adopted 7 November 2017.
  • The Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for Edinburgh and South-East Scotland, which was approved in 2013.

The SDP is under review. The Proposed SDP2 is currently subject of an Examination into unresolved issues. SESplan anticipate the Report of Examination  to be published around June 2018.

What is the Midlothian Local Development Plan?

The 2017 Midlothian Local Development Plan sets out the development strategy for Midlothian for the next 10 years including the housing and economic land requirements identified in the SDP. It also sets out the detailed policies used to determine planning applications in Midlothian.

View the 2017 Midlothian Local Development Plan

What is the Strategic Development Plan?

The Strategic Development Plan sets the strategic policy framework and development strategy for growth and environmental protection in this part of Scotland to 2032. The plan is currently under review.

The plan is produced by the Strategic Development Planning Authority for Edinburgh and South East Scotland, otherwise known as SESplan. It covers 6 local authority areas, including Midlothian, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian , Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.

Full details of the current Strategic Develoment plan, its review and current status are on the SESplan website.

Visit the SESplan website

While the plan sets the overall housing target for the 6 local authorities, it does not include housing targets for each Council in the SDP area. These are included in the housing land supplementary guidance.

View the SESplan housing land supplementary guidance