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PAN 83: Planning Advice Note: Master Planning

DescriptionThe PAN covers the masterplanning process from beginning to end: from understanding the need for masterplanning, to preparing, creating, processing and implementing a masterplan.
Official Print Publication DateSeptember 2008
Website Publication DateSeptember 16, 2008


ISBN 978 0 7559 5709 5
ISSN: 0141 514X
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Understanding masterplanning
Preparing to masterplan
Creating a masterplan
Processing a masterplan
Implementing the masterplan
Case studies

masterplanning our ability to masterplan will have an important role in achieving successful places and a sustainable future for Scotland

Planning series:

  • Scottish Planning Policies ( SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Government policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Government policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.
  • Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Government policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development management.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines ( NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Government location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision making as SPPs.