Dundee outlines ten-year Local Development Plan
The document that will guide housing and economic development in Dundee for the next decade has been published.
Setting out where and when development can take place, the Dundee Local Development Plan 2019 contains policies and proposals covering the main land use issues in the city up to 2029, and provides the context for decisions on planning applications to be made.
The plan focuses on delivering high quality design and new housing balanced with protecting exciting assets including main shopping streets, greenspaces and historic environment.
Among the key issues covered in the plan are the allocation of housing sites with room for 2,605 new homes over the next five years, land for economic development to ensure businesses can expand or locate in Dundee and a ‘town centres first’ approach which requires shops to locate in the city centre or district centres.
Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council’s planning committee, said: “It is difficult to underestimate how important the local development plan actually is to what the city looks like going forward.
“It determines what can be built, where and it gives us a framework for taking decisions and making recommendations on applications.”
The plan was prepared following a city-wide public consultation generating responses from more than 300 people.
Lynne Short, convener of the council’s city development committee, added: “The last local development plan helped the city thrive with significant development at the Western Gateway as well as the redevelopment of housing sites in regeneration areas in Lochee, Hilltown and Whitfield. Under the plan the council granted planning permission for 3,149 homes.”
The future development at one of Dundee’s newest communities is also under the spotlight as a planning framework goes out to public consultation.
The city’s Western Gateway has successfully delivered new homes in a high quality landscape and Dundee City Council is keen to ensure that progress continues in a sustainable way.
The consultation on the Western Gateway Draft Development Framework will run until April 2.