Local Development Plan (FIFEplan)

Fife Council adopted FIFEplan (Fife’s Local Development Plan) on 21 September 2017. The adopted FIFEplan, now forms part of Fife’s Development Plan replacing previous local plans for West Fife, Mid Fife and East Fife.


The plan sets out the planning policies and proposals for the development and use of land across Fife. Our focus now moves to working with the development sector, communities and other stakeholders to deliver the plan’s proposals for strategic development, supporting new housing development and the infrastructure for growth. We would like to thank all those who took part in its preparation. View the Adopted FIFEplan (Fife Local Development Plan).

The Local Development Plan is supported by Supplementary Guidance, which explains in greater detail how planning policies will be used.

In February 2018 we published an Action Programme for FIFEplan (click here to download). The Action Programme identifies what is required to deliver the Local Development Plan's, the expected timescales and who is responsible for delivery.

A Post-adoption SEA statement (click here to download) has also been produced following the adoption of FIFEplan. It outlines how environmental assessment and related consultation responses have been taken into account, and demonstrates where the SEA has made a difference to the plan.


Stages of the Local Development Plan

FIFEplan process diagramFIFEplan is now adopted, marking the end of the plan preparation process. This process included a series of consultation, from initially seeking the views of communities in early 2012 through to the consultation on the Proposed Plan (Oct - Dec 2014). An Examination was held from September 2015, which concluded with the publication of an Examination Report in November 2016.

On 28 February 2017 Fife Council's Executive Committee agreed to accept the modifications proposed in the Examination Report and adopt the plan subject to consultation with Scottish Ministers. In June 2017 Scottish Ministers advised that Fife Council should make two further modifications. Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Transportation & Strategic Planning Committee agreed on the 3rd July 2017 to make these modifications and subsequently adopted the plan on 21 September 2017.

A diary of consultation as FIFEplan has progressed can be viewed here.

Timescales for the development plan are updated annually through the Development Plan Scheme.

Further information

The Development Plan Update (e-bulletin): Sign up to regular email updates on the progress of Fife's Development Plan. Click here to register.

The Local Development Plan Exchange: The exchange provides an opportunity for informal comments to be made. If you are interested in joining the LDP Exchange you can register your interest at The Local Development Plan Exchange is not a decision making group and does not get involved in detailed site issues.

Twitter: Follow us at @FifePlanning.

Phone: Any member of our team will be happy to speak to you about FIFEplan. Call 03451 55 11 22 and ask to speak to someone in the Development Plan team.


As part of our approach to plan preparation, we take account of survey comments we have received, and comments from community councils at workshops and meetings, as well as the National Standards of Community Engagement (available to download from



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