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Technical papers and land use audits

The technical papers and land use audits for the Local Development Plan are important because they provide a lot of background information and evidence that it is not possible or appropriate to include in the plan.

Technical papers

These documents provide background information and an evidence base to policies and strategies contained in the plan.

Some technical papers are studies that have been undertaken whilst others provide an explanation as to how boundaries such as regional scenic areas have been drawn. Some technical papers also provide more of an explanation to a strategy contained in the LDP.

Land use audits

Audits are produced each year and will enable us to identify trends.

Housing Land Audit

The Council has to make sure that there is land available across the region for developers to build houses. This is so that the demand for housing in the region can be met for at least the next 5 years. It is a requirement of Scottish Planning Policy. The region is divided into 'Housing Market Areas' - Annan, Dumfries, Eskdale, Mid Galloway, Stewartry and Stranraer.

The audit methodology is constantly being updated and improved to ensure the programming of housing sites is as accurate as possible which has become an increasingly difficult task due to the current difficult economic climate. Volume house builders and landowners with an interest in sites included in the audit have been contacted to obtain their input into the programming process. Where this information has been received it has been incorporated into the audit report.

2016 Housing Land Audit

The base date for this audit is 31 March 2016

Available capacity at water treatment works (WTW) and waste water treatment works (WWTW) can be found using Scottish Water's online Asset Capacity Search tool.

2015 Housing Land Audit

The base date for the audit is 31 March 2015


Business and Industry Land Audit

It is also important to have up-to-date and accurate information on the supply and availability of business and industrial land in Dumfries and Galloway.

We have to monitor whether sites allocated in the plan have been developed. This audit also assesses the availability of sites that haven't been developed.

Vacant and Derelict Land Survey

The Vacant and Derelict Land Survey establishes the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Dumfries and Galloway. It is carried out using guidance produced by the Scottish Government. 

Information Briefing Notes  

There are also a number of useful briefing notes


Households and Dwellings


Page last updated: 28/06/17