SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for South East Scotland, would like feedback on the Main Issues Report and wish to encourage everyone interested in shaping the future of the region to take the opportunity to take part in the consultation. The Local Development Plan for Edinburgh is then based on the SESPlan.
The Main Issues Report is the first stage in preparing a new Strategic Development Plan for the South East Scotland City Region (2017 -2037) which covers the council areas of City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, the southern half of Fife and West Lothian. The Main Issues Report is a planning document which covers issues such as the locations for growth, the number of houses needed, strategic infrastructure and the environment. It presents a series of issues and options and asks questions about how to meet current and future planning challenges.
There is a brief Questions and Answers summary here. For an introduction to the Main Issues Report document, they have produced an Easy Read Guide which provides an overview to the key themes. The Main Issues Report and the Easy Read Guide are available on the SESplan website www.sesplan.gov.uk, in local libraries, planning authority receptions across the region and at the SESplan offices: Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF. They have also produced a series of supporting documents including the Interim Environmental Report which can also be found on the SESplan website.
The consultation runs from 21 July to 30 September 2015 and they will be accepting representations through the SESplan Consultation Portal during this period. The portal can be accessed through the SESplan website.
They will be running a number of Community Council consultation events across the SESplan area and will send invites to these in the coming weeks. For the most up to date event list you can also check the SESplan website or contact them on the details below. The Community Council will advertise any meetings in our area in the usual way.
If you require further information or have any difficulties using the portal please contact the SESplan team on 01506 282883 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow them on Twitter @SESplan or on Facebook.
If you have comments on SESPlan the Community Council would appreciate if you could also email us on email@example.com so that we can accurately reflect the views of residents.