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Local Development Plan (FIFEplan)

The council is preparing a new Local Development Plan. It will be shaped by the views and aspirations of communities across Fife. The plan will replace the existing FIFEplan approved in 2017 and will set out planning policies and proposals for the use and development of land across Fife.

To make the plan more meaningful and helpful to local communities, we want to hear what you think about where you live. To help with this, we are opening an online survey about place beginning 7th November running for 6 weeks to 19th December 2022. To take the survey, please visit our Have your say on the future of Fife's Places - Local Development Plan page.

We recently conducted a survey looking at the concept of 'Living Well Locally'; connected communities, where people can meet the majority of their daily needs within a reasonable walk, wheel, cycle or short trip of their home. The results from completed surveys will help us consider how we plan for 20 minute neighbourhoods for the emerging Local Development Plan.

Children can still take part! We have created a Living Well Locally children’s survey that is open to all children in Fife. This fun exercise can be found on our Children of Fife survey page and is open until midnight on Monday 19th December 2022.

For more information on this project, please visit our Living Well page.

We also recently commissioned Planning Aid Scotland to collect the ideas, opinions, and suggestions of young Fife residents, in order to inform Fife's next Local Development Plan. The project was called Focus on Fife, and the final Focus on Fife Youth Engagement Report can be found here.

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

FIFEplan is supported by:

  • Supplementary Guidance which explains in greater detail how planning policies will be used.
  • An Action Programme which identifies what is required to deliver the Local Development Plan, the expected timescales and who is responsible for delivery.

Preparation of the Local Development Plan:

The Local Development Plan preparation process included a series of consultations from early 2012 to late 2014. An Examination held from September 2015 concluded with the publication of an Examination Report in November 2016. In  February 2017 Fife Council's Executive Committee accepted the modifications proposed in the Examination Report.

In June 2017 Scottish Ministers requested Fife Council make two further modifications to FIFEplan. Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Transportation & Strategic Planning Committee agreed in July 2017 to make these modifications and subsequently adopted the plan on 21 September 2017.

The Fife Planning Update (e-newsletter): Sign up for regular email updates from Fife's planning service. Click here to register.

Contact us:

  • 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
  • Email:

Twitter: Follow us at @FifePlanning

Planning Aid Scotland

PAS offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners. Please click here to access advice.

PAS helps individuals and community groups to get involved in the planning system in an impartial, open and inclusive way.

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