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Local plan approved

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Local plan approved

FUTURE development on 169 sites across the region has been agreed by councillors.

The Proposed Local Development Plan for Dumfries and Galloway was approved at a meeting in Dumfries last Thursday. It sets out a vision for what the area could look like in 20 years’ time and gives an indication of where new development will be encouraged and which areas should be protected.

Scores of sites have been earmarked for future housing and business related development and planning policies set out.

And a public consultation on the final version of the plan will now start with residents, communities, landowners and businesses urged to give their views. It kicks off on January 29 for eight weeks, closing on March 26, after which the proposals will be reviewed by a Scottish Government Planning Reporter.

Council leader Elaine Murray said: “The plan will help us encourage the right developments in the right place and attract much needed new investment to our area. I would urge anyone with an interest in the future development of our region to make representation during the eight week period. We need your views to bring the developments you want to your areas.”

From next week, copies of the plan will be available in local libraries and customer service centres across the region and there’s more information online at


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