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Promoting a high performing planning system





Planning Reform Projects

Streamlining Planning Assessments.

A set of Guiding Principles and a Summary Template are currently being tested by South Ayrshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council – commenced late 2014.

Process mapping session with agencies and consultants arranged in February 2015.

Simon Pallant

Simplifying Multiple Consents.

Taking forward work to align planning permission and consents which are covered by The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR), for hydro developments.

Pilot projects to be identified with SEPA and planning authority in Spring 2015.

Simon Pallant

Aligning Planning Permission and Roads Construction Consent. Framework for aligning roads construction consent has been developed and published as part of ‘toolbox’ to implement Designing Streets.

Testing and monitoring of the framework with selected planning authorities.

Findings due to be published May 2015.

Stuart Watson

Development Plan – Gateway Review

The process involves setting up an independent review team to advise on the project management of the LDP process.



Review completed with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.  Second pilot arranged with Orkney Islands Council.  March 2015


Suzanne Stephen





Planning Performance Framework (publication by Heads of Planning Scotland) launched March 28, 2012

Individual feedback on 2013/14 PPF reports provided to planning authorities, strategic development plan authorities and key agencies in December 2014.

Next reports covering the period April 2014 to March 2015 due to be submitted to the Scottish Government by 31 July 2015.

Suzanne Stephen



High Level Group on Performance

The remit of this group includes supporting improved planning performance and linking performance with planning fees.

The High Level Group are next due to meet in February 2015.

Suzanne Stephen


Planning Performance statistics

Quarter 4 and 2014/15 annual statistics published July 2015.

Marie Ferguson


Scotland-wide planning performance annual report

2013/14 annual report due to be published February 2015

Previous 2012/13 report published March 2014.

Marie Ferguson


Planning and Architecture Division Annual Planning Performance Framework Report and Improvement Plan 2014-15

2015/16 PPF Report due to be published June 2016.

2014/15 PPF Report published July 2014.

Chris Sinclair

Development Planning

National Development Planning Forum.  Previous - held in August 2015. 

August 2015

Carrie Thomson