East Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 Proposed Supplementary Planning Guidance - Farm Steading Design Guidance

Closed 20 Jul 2018

Opened 8 Jun 2018


East Lothian Council, at its meeting on 29th May 2018, approved the East Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 (ELLDP 2018) for adoption. The Council has now submitted the ELLDP 2018 to Scottish Ministers stating our intention to adopt the plan for the area. The ELLDP 2018 comprises a development strategy for the future development of East Lothian to 2024 and beyond, a detailed policy framework for guiding development, and proposals maps. It sets out where new development should and should not occur, including new housing, education, economic and retail development, new transport links, and other infrastructure.

This consultation is on the proposed Farm Steading Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), part of a range of documents that would (if approved) support the ELLDP 2018 during its operation (see relevant document links below). The ELLDP 2018 section on Diverse Countryside and Coastal Areas outlines the forms of development that are permitted in the East Lothian Countryside. East Lothian’s countryside contains a wide range of attractive, vernacular rural buildings which contribute to local character and distinctiveness. Some of these are no longer required for their original purpose and present opportunities for positive re-use. Many farm steadings and rural buildings in East Lothian have been converted to new uses while retaining their architectural and historic character and continuing to play a positive role in the overall appearance of the East Lothian countryside.

The overarching aim of the farm steading design policy and the Guide for Practitioners is to encourage new uses for redundant rural buildings in the East Lothian countryside and to ensure that the conversion and restoration retains the architectural and historic characteristics of the existing building and ensures that the building continues to look like a vernacular building that belongs in the East Lothian countryside.

Your views are now sought on the content of the Farm Steading Design Guidance SPG.  These will be considered by the planning authority before the guidance is finalised.  

Comments can be made by completing the online survey (see below).

Alternatively, comments can be submitted via email to: ldp@eastlothian.gov.uk, or by post to: Policy & Strategy Team, East Lothian Council, Brewery Park, Haddington EH41 3HA. 

Comments made via email or post must be received at the office of the Planning Authority by no later than 5pm on Friday 20th July 2018.

Should you have any issues or need clarification on the process and/or how to submit a representation or a consultation response to the proposed Farm Steading Design Guidance SPG, please contact the Policy and Strategy team on 01620 827216 before making a submission.

Why your views matter

We are seeking your views on the proposed Farm Steading Design Guidance SPG. The Council will take your views into account prior to finalising the guidance.  

What happens next

The Council will consider your comments prior to the adoption of the Farm Steading Design Guidance SPG.


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