The Local Development Plan

The Next Local Development Plan

The Local Development Plans (LDP) provides the vision for how communities will grow and develop in the future. The intention is that they provide certainty for communities and investors alike about where development should take place and where it should not and the supporting infrastructure required for growth. Planning Applications for all types of development in Shetland are determined against the Local Development Plan.

The Council adopted Shetland’s first Local Development Plan in September 2014 and it is anticipated that this LDP will be valid for approximately 5 years until it is replaced by the second plan. Work on the next LDP has commenced and initial tasks include establishing and updating the evidence base and engaging with key stakeholders and communities to assemble the information needed to inform the Main Issues Report. This is your Plan and we need your input; therefore we shall shortly set out here details of how and when you can get involved in this process.

For general information about development planning, see this link:

Please also explore the other pages on this site to review the current LDP and other planning information.