The 9th Development Plan Scheme has now been published. Please follow the link above to read the PDF.
The Development Plan Scheme contains the timetable for producing the Council’s second Local Development Plan (LDP2). The 9th edition of the Development Plan Scheme (DPS) focuses on the publication of the Proposed Plan and advises people how and when they can make a formal representation to the Proposed Plan.
The Proposed Plan and supplementary guidance were presented to the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 12 December 2017. Councillors were asked to approve the Proposed Plan and agree to publish it for 8 weeks from Monday 29 January 2018 to allow the public to make representations. Councillors agreed to defer consideration of the Proposed Plan and Supplementary Guidance to a special meeting which will be held on Thursday 18 January 2018. A further email will be send out following the Committee meeting on 18 January 2018.
Dumfries and Galloway Council - Local Development Plan 2
A bid to create Scotland's third national park in Galloway is taking a step forward. A discussion paper is being published by the organisation campaigning for the move. Scotland currently has two national parks - in the Cairngorms and at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The Galloway National Park Association has now put together a document looking at potential boundaries, governance and cost for the south of Scotland scheme. Former MSP Sir Alex Fergusson, who is a patron of the group and president of the Scottish Campaign for National Parks, said the launch of the document was "very exciting". "It is the launch of a region-wide discussion, for want of a better word, on the proposals that have been brought forward by some very hard working people about the potential of a Galloway National Park," he said.
"I use the word discussion rather than consultation because that is what it is and that is what everybody wants to happen - a genuine discussion. "Consultations tend to have a preconceived outcome - this one doesn't." He said the document being launched contained suggestions and issues that should be debated.
"Over the next few months I hope as many people as possible will take part in that discussion and have their say," he added. The neighbouring Scottish Borders is also home to a similar campaign.
Any national park project would require Scottish government approval. It has previously said any new parks would incur significant costs and that at a time of pressure on public finances it would not be right to raise expectations. It said that instead it would focus on existing parks to "continue their track record of success".
To read more about what the Galloway National Park Association plan, please follow the link below.
The proposal for a Galloway National Park was discussed at the 6th Feb KCC meeting and it was decided to invite the organisers to present their discussion paper at a village meeting. This will be held on.
12th March at 7.30pm Drummore Church Hall
Although one of the options in the proposal does include the Rhins of Galloway in the National Park boundary, in our view, the document underestimates the natural and cultural heritage of the Rhins. You can read their proposal for yourself by following the link opposite. As a result of this, the KCC web managers decided to write a list of the natural and cultural heritage in order to inform the discussion making more accurately and we were asked to make this available to other residents. This is a personal view and what we have produced is by no means comprehensive but you can use it as a foundation for your own response or not use it at all. Our list is available on the link below and can be used by others who wish to make a similar point. Please make your ideas known to the Galloway National Park Organisation.