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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

On July 6, 2015 it was announced that work on National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy had been successful in two categories in the 2015 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

More information is available on all the shortlisted projects, including the five from Scotland.

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Scottish Planning Policy


Scottish Planning Policy was published on June 23, 2014.  It sets out national planning policies which reflect Scottish Ministers’ priorities for operation of the planning system and for the development and use of land.  

Key Planning outcomes for Scotland:-

  • A successful sustainable place – supporting economic growth, regeneration and the creation of well-designed places

  • A low carbon place – reducing our carbon emissions and adapting to climate change

  • A natural resilient place – helping to protect and enhance our natural cultural assets and facilitating their sustainable use

  • A connected place – supporting better transport and digital connectivity

The SPP promotes consistency in the application of policy across Scotland whilst allowing sufficient flexibility to reflect local circumstances. It directly relates to:

  • the preparation of development plans;
  • the design of development, from initial concept through to delivery; and
  • the determination of planning applications and appeals.

An Equality Impact Assessment and a Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment were prepared as part of the review of the SPP.

The Participation Statement outlines the public engagement carried out as part of the review.