Smith throws spotlight on ‘important document’

Have your say

HAWICK and Hermitage councillor, Ron Smith, is urging Teries to have their say on Scottish Borders Council’s proposed Local Development Plan (LDP).

A 12-week consultation period opens today (Friday), and townsfolk have until Monday, March 3, to make their views known on the LDP, which will replace the existing Local Plan, and sets out a range of proposals for the Borders including a variety of land uses as well as policies to influence decision-making on applications.

Mr Smith, the local authority’s executive member for planning and development, told the Hawick News earlier this week: “Members of the public have already been able to find out more information on the LDP at each of the council’s five area forums, and now there is another chance for to make their views known on this important document, which sets out the council’s policies on development and land use and will influence decisions on planning applications.”

Anyone looking to view the LDP or make representations can do so at or at the council contact centre at the town hall, or the library.

Alternatively, email or write to Plans and Research Team, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Scottish Borders, TD6 0SA.

The LDP is required as part of the new planning process introduced by the Scottish Government, which means councils must notify neighbours of any development proposals within the plan.