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Scottish Planning Series: Planning Circular 3 2009: Notification of Planning Applications

DescriptionThe primary responsibility for the operation of the planning system and service lies with local and national park authorities. They are best placed to make decisions about matters which affect their areas. But there can be some occasions when The Scottish Government will become involved in the planning application process. This circular explains the Government's role.
Official Print Publication DateApril 2009
Website Publication DateApril 01, 2009


April 2009

ISBN 978 0 7559 7477 1 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0141-514X

This document is also available in pdf format (232k)



Scottish Ministers' role in planning applications

Changes to the system for notification to Scottish Ministers

Notification of Applications Direction
Category 1: Development in which planning authorities have an interest
Category 2: Objection by Government agency
Category 3: Opencast coal and related minerals

Removal of other standard notification categories

Other notification directions still in force

Submission of documents to Scottish Ministers

Scottish Government handling of notified applications

Further copies and enquiries

Annex: Notification Direction

Planning Series:

Scottish Planning Policy ( SPP) is the statement of Scottish Government policy on nationally important land use planning matters.

National Planning Framework ( NPF) is the Scottish Government's strategy for Scotland's long term spatial development.

Circulars contain Scottish Government policy on the implementation of legislation or procedures.

Statements of Scottish Government policy in the SPP, NPF and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plans and development management decisions.

Designing Places and the West Edinburgh Planning Framework have the same status in decision making as the SPP and NPF.

Planning Advice Notes provide advice and information on technical planning matters.

Further information in the Scottish Government's role in the planning system is available on http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning