Scottish Borders Council has approved the 2013 Development Plan Scheme that outlines its future planning processes.
The scheme sets out a timetable for the actions required to enforce a new Local Development Plan (LDP) to guide developments in the Borders.
The scheme is published annually and includes a statement setting out how, when and with whom the council will consult on the various stages of the LDP.
Councillor Ron Smith, Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The Local Development Plan is an important document for the council as it guides how the Borders will be developed in the future.
“Therefore it is essential that the Local Development Plan is up-to-date and reflects the needs of our area.”
The council has undertaken work on the new-style local plan starting with the publication and consultation of the Main Issues Report in 2012. The next stage will see the preparation of a proposed LDP for public representation.
Currently it is anticipated that the LDP will be produced in summer 2013 with public consultation on the plan in the autumn.
Scottish Borders Council is responsible for the preparation of the new LDP as part of the Scottish Government’s reform of the planning system.
The scheme follows on from the broader Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland area.
The SDP is currently being produced by SESplan, the strategic development planning authority for Edinburgh and south east Scotland.
The LDP is emerging from a prolonged consultation process stretching back to January 2011.
This included a consultation on the Main Issues Report which took place for 12 weeks between April and June last year.
The consultation responses consisted of almost 300 representations covering a wide range of issues.
These came from a range of Borders groups including Berwickshire Civic Society, various community councils and NFU Borders, as well as several individual residents.
A dedicated webpage for the Scottish Borders LDP can be found at: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/ldpmir