Development plans and policies

The current development plan for Midlothian

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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 Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) completed their examination into the next Strategic Development Plan. The Scottish Ministers are currently reviewing its content.

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.

The 2017 Local Development Plan on the Midlothian Development Plan Portal

Midlothian Local Development Plan interactive map

Action Programme 2017, updated 2020

The Action Programme is a list of actions required to deliver each of the policies and proposals in the Midlothian Local Development Plan. It also identifies appropriate parties or organisations to carry out these actions, and provides an indicative timescale. The original Action Programme is from 2017, and was updated in 2020:

MLDP Action Programme 2017, updated 2020

Development Plan Scheme

The Development Plan Scheme (DPS) contains the timetable for preparing the next development plan. It sets out the Council's proposed engagement activity. The current DPS considers Midlothian's second Local Development Plan, and seeks feedback on the Council's proposed engagement activity.

Development Plan Scheme 14

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