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Area 2-H (South)
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Key Documents

Viability & Action Programmes

Delivering the right development, in the right place is crucial in supporting the Government’s aim of increased sustainable economic growth. Viability is the key factor which determines whether development proceeds or not. In the current climate, it is more important than ever that public and private sectors work together to deliver development on the ground. The Scottish Government considers it crucial that development plans consider and include proposals that are viable and capable of delivery.

Action Programmes are a key feature of the development planning system. The aim of them is to increase focus on delivery and better coordinate development and infrastructure provision.

Planning authorities are required to prepare Action programmes setting  out how the authority proposes to implement the plan. They must set out:

  • A list of actions required to deliver each of the plan's policies and proposals;
  • The name of the person who is to carry out the action; and
  • The timescale for carrying out each action.