Guidance describing the development planning system in Scotland.
It is intended to provide a single, straightforward description of the legal requirements. Legislative provisions on development planning are in both the primary legislation; the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended, and the subsequent Development Planning Regulations. The Circular explains how the various legislative requirements fit together.
The Ciruclar also explains Scottish Ministers' expectations for the key parts of the process in preparing development plans and the Examination procedure.
The Ciruclar replaces Circular 1/2009 and Appendix I:The Habitats Regulations.