Have your say on local plan

Wigtown residents will have six weeks to make representations on the council’s proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) for the town.

The representation period is from January 28 until 2pm on March 11.

The proposed plan will replace the current Structure Plan and local plans, and will cover topics as diverse as economic development, housing, historic environment, natural environment, community services and facilities, infrastructure and transport.

Six more information sessions will be held throughout the region from February 11-15 (details online at www.dumgal.gov.uk/LDP).

All documents will be available online, in local libraries and local planning offices. The public are invited to make representations regarding changes they wish to see in the proposed plan.

The Local Development Plan offers a generous land supply for both housing and business and industry throughout the region to ensure that planning does not restrict future development and economic growth.

The majority of housing and business and industry sites are proposed in the main settlements of Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Wigtown and Whithorn.

Housing is also proposed in the smaller settlements of Creetown, Garlieston, Kirkcowan, Kirkinner/Braehead, Port William, Drummore, Glenluce, Kirkholm, Leswalt, Portpatrick and Sandhead. And 20% housing allocation is given to villages and houses in the countryside to ensure a sustainable growth of our rural areas. Support is given to the redevelop­ment of Stranraer waterfront with a specific allocation for mixed use development which is supported by a masterplan.

Councillor Ian Carruthers, chair­man of the Planning, Housing and Environment Commit­tee, said: “Extensive consultation has already taken place but I would encourage people to have a look at the plan and see how their community could be affected. Planning officers will be on hand at the information sessions in February so if you have any queries go along and see them, or visit the website for more information.”