Dumfries and Galloway Council has officially adopted its Local Development Plan which outlines sites for the development of 7,000 new homes.
The plan, adopted following approval from Scottish ministers, will now be used to decide planning applications in the region.
As well as identifying sites for new housing developments across the region, the plan offers business and industry sites to meet the needs of economy.
Councillor Colin Smyth, Chairman of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, said: “Building the local economy is the number one priority of our council.
“It will provide clear guidance to developers and help to deliver new developments that meet the needs of the region in the 21 century. It will also provide a boost to construction industry and assist our region’s economic recovery.”
The plan can be viewed at council libraries and planning offices in Dumfries and Stranraer and on www.dumgal.gov.uk
A copy of the Local Development Plan can be purchased for £30 (which includes post and packing) from libraries and planning offices in Dumfries.