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Supplementary Guidance

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

Key Documents

Supplementary Guidance

As part of the drive for shorter, more up to date development plans, the planning reforms introduced the concept of supplementary guidance on a statutory basis, forming part of the development plan. Scottish Ministers' intention is that much detailed material can be contained in supplementary guidance, allowing the plans themselves to focus on vision, the spatial strategy, overarching and other key policies, and proposals. This allows local authorities to remove some detailed information from the main plan itself, and shift it to supplementary guidance.

Common types of supplementary guidance include:

Strategies or frameworks on specific issues - for example, guidance on the location of large wind farms.

Development briefs or master plans - which provide a detailed explanation of how the council would like to see particular sites or small areas develop.

Detailed policies - for example on the design of new development.

  • To have the same statutory basis and form part of the development plan, there should be a ‘hook’ in the development plan, setting out the principle of the supplementary guidance.
  • There is a requirement for public consultation on supplementary guidance, that is to be part of the development plan, to allow people to make representations.
  • Scottish Ministers have a role to check supplementary guidance before it is adopted. This scrutiny is likely to focus more on ensuring that the principles of good public involvement and a proper connection with the SDP or LDP have been achieved consistently, than on detailed policy content.