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mail us tiny 20 Correspondence relating to development plans should go to: developmentplans@gov.scot

telephone tiny 20 Carrie Thomson  0131 244 7529

telephone tiny 20 Robin Campbell  0131 244 0626

telephone tiny 20 Simon Pallant  
0131 244 7761

Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

Key Documents

Strategic Planning

The 2006 Act introduced Strategic Development Plans (SDPs) for the 4 largest city regions.  The Scottish Government recognises the potential contribution cities and their regions make to sustainable economic growth. Strategic development plans set out a vision for the long term development of the city regions and deal with cross boundary issues such as housing and transport. Strategic Development Plans are preparing by Strategic Development Planning Authorities (SDPAs), which are groups of planning authorities working together to produce these plans. SDPs need to be approved by Scottish Ministers.

Review of SDPs

Scottish Ministers place great importance on a plan-led system, with up to date development plans guiding and managing change.  The report of the Strategic Development Plan Review, prepared by Kevin Murray Associates and Glasgow University was published in April 2014.  While it recognises that strategic development planning is not broken, neither is it realising its full potential.

Strategic development planning in Scotland is critical to the delivery of the housing and investment across our city regions, and provides a unique opportunity to coordinate the provision of infrastructure to support growth.   Relevant partners now need to work together effectively to strengthen the system and ensure that it can continue to lead the way, and add value to the local development plans below and to the resolution of cross-boundary issues.

As part of that process, the Scottish Government’s response to the Strategic Development Plan Review is now available and we look forward to collaborating with all those relevant partners on its delivery.  This is not just for the Strategic Development Planning Authorities - the success of strategic development plans, as with local development plans, will centre on the effectiveness of engagement across all relevant stakeholders.

For further information, please contact Carrie Thomson.

Graphic Communication of SDPs

Architecture and Design Scotland, The Scottish Government and the Strategic Development Planning Authorities jointly commissioned  MATRIX / Urban Graphics to explore how place based strategic planning can be expressed visually in a manner that is easily understood by the range of plan users, including the wider public, and which can reduce the size and complexity of plans.  Read the research

Engagement in SDPs

Architecture and Design Scotland has collaborated with Strategic Development Planning (SDP) Authorities to produce a video that invites greater citizen participation in plan making. The video is supported by a resource pack that includes a PowerPoint and leaflet; each of which can be downloaded, with hard copies available on request. The Scottish Government, the Strategic Development Planning Authorities, and A+DS hope that these resources will be used to initiate discussions about the hopes and ambitions that people have for their lives… in their place.