A NEW local plan for Helensburgh and Lomond will be created to help make future planning decisions.

Councillors promised the eight plans localised across Argyll and Bute would "prioritise the views of communities" on what services they need and where funding should be targeted.

They said a key aspect would be involving community councils and development trusts and holding public consultations.

The leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “The success of these plans will be driven by a genuine partnership approach which allows us to capture the aspirations and views of local communities on what the priorities are for their particular area.

“This will help to ensure that the right initiatives are attracting the right funding whether that be Place Based Investment, Crown Estate funding or Levelling Up support, and will help us to develop a pipeline of projects that truly meets those aspirations.”

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The announcement from the council did not offer any timetable for creating the eight new local plans. The council said it would reflect local investment pportunities and be in line with national policy.

Planning regulations allow developers to appeal when a decision goes against them or is even delayed. There is no such appeal for opponents.

Earlier this year, proposals were revealed from Luss Estates for their aspirations across Helensburgh and Lomond looking forward.

Argyll and Bute Council said the new local plans would "ensure that everyone responsible for providing services and looking after assets works in partnership with local communities to improve the lives of people, support inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and create more successful places".