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mail us tiny 20 SPP team

Simon Bonsall
telephone tiny 20 0131 244 7546

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

Key Documents


Purpose of the Scottish Planning Policy

The purpose of the SPP is to set out national planning policies which reflect Scottish Ministers' priorities for the development and use of land. 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.

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

Further details on the status of the Scottish Planning Policy are explained within the policy document.