The Division, part of the Scottish Government and based in Falkirk, determines appeals against decisions made by planning authorities and other bodies in Scotland.
A person appointed by Scottish Ministers (a reporter) decides most planning and related appeals. These are called "delegated" appeals. In a small number of cases the reporter does not decide the appeal but submits a report with a recommendation to the Scottish Ministers. these are called "non-delegated" or "recalled" appeals. Further information on planning appeals can be found in planning appeals.
We also deal with a wide range of appeals from decisions of planning or local authorities on matters such as listed buildings, consent to display advertisements, or the storage of certain hazardous substances. Information about these can be found in other appeals.
The Division also deals with appeals from decisions made by SEPA in connection with the prevention and control of pollution and waste management. More information can be found in environmental appeals.
Other key areas of our work include the examination of strategic and local development plans, and public local inquiries held in connection with applications for consent under the Electricity Act 1989, compulsory purchase and other orders, and core path plans promoted by access authorities under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. development plan examinations, electricity act consents, compulsory purchase orders and core path plans provide more information on the above.