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Planning Publications

Planning Publications
The Council's planning policies, which are used in determining planning applications, are contained in the Moray Structure and Local Plans. These documents also contain land use designations, and set out how Moray's towns and villages are proposed to grow in the future. More detailed advice and information on specific topics is available in the form of Supplementary Planning Guidance.

Under the terms of a new National Planning system introuced in Februaray 2009, in future, Moray Council will only have to prepare a Local Development Plan. Work on this will commence in January 2011 with the publication of a Main Issues Report. Public consultation and participation is an important aspect of this process, and there will be opportunities for individuals and community groups to become involved in the preparation of the new plan.


Local Development Plan: Main Issues Report on CD (Hi Res)
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In November 2010, Moray Council announced its intention to Review its Structure and Local Plans, and to prepare a new Local Development Plan.

The first stage in this process is the production of a Main Issues Report. This was published for consultation on 23rd November 2012, with responses due by February 15th 2013. This document, and supporting background papers can be reviewed on line at the above link and copies have been placed on deposit for inspection at Council Access Points and libraries.
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Moray Local Plan 2008
The new Moray Local Plan 2008 replaces the Moray Local Plan 2000, and will remain in force for five years, when it will again be Reviewed.


Moray Local Plan 2008 interprets the strategic direction provided by the Moray Structure Plan 2007 into detailed policies and proposals for use in the determining of planning policies.


The adoption of the 2008 Local Plan is the culmination of a Review process commenced in August 2005 with the publication of a Consultative Draft. The Finalised Version of the Plan was then published in September 2006, and attracted around 700 objections. A Public Local Inquiry was held in November and December 2007 to consider all unresolved objections, with the Reporters recommendations having been received by the Council in July 2008.
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Moray Structure Plan (April 2007)
The Moray Structure Plan sets out the Council?s view on the Strategic Planning context for Moray over the next 15-20 years. It will provide the strategic framework for the Moray Local Plan. Review which is being prepared in tandem with the Structure Plan and for the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan.
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