Independent Planning Review

Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights has announced further detail on proposals for the reform of the Scottish planning system.  The review will be undertaken by an independent panel, chaired by Crawford Beveridge, and also including Petra Biberbach of PAS and John Hamilton of the Scottish Property Federation.

Call for evidence now open. Please submit written evidence by December 1, 2015. Follow the conversation, updates and announcements on Twitter #SGplanningreview




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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

PAS LogoWith core activities supported by a grant from the Scottish Government, PAS provides independent advice on planning and environmental matters.

edevelopment logo is the new single landing page where users will access the replacement ePlanning portal (due in January 2016) and the new eBuilding Standards portal (due in Summer 2016). Over the coming months we will provide details of what is going to change, when the changes will happen and what these changes will mean to you as an applicant or agent using the portals. Please keep checking the news tab on the current ePlanning portal for updates.

The Planning System in Scotland

national planning framework 3 logo The planning system is used to make decisions about the future development and use of land in our towns, cities and countryside. It considers where development should happen, where it should not and how development affects its surroundings. The system balances different interests to make sure that land is used and developed in a way that creates high quality, sustainable places.

Scotland's planning system has undergone the most significant modernisation in over 60 years. The overall aim is delivery of a planning service that is efficient, inclusive, fit for purpose and sustainable.

There are 3 main parts to the planning system:

  • Development Plans - The planning system in Scotland is plan led. The plans set out how places should change into the future.
  • Development Management - This is the process for making decisions on planning applications. Legislation requires that decisions on planning applications be guided by policies in the development plan.
  • Enforcement - This is the process that makes sure development is carried out correctly and which can be used to take action when it has not.

Quick links


Development Plan Correspondence

Correspondence from the Scottish Government to each planning authority which has been issued at formal stages of the plan preparation process.
Local Authority Plan Preparation

Development Management Forum 2015

The Forum took place on November 24, 2015. Highlights from the day are on our blog and on Twitter @ScotGovPlanning #SGDMforum2015 

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2015

This was a record year for the SAQP2015 for number of awards and commendations.  The Overall Winner was Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority for its LIVE Park Main Issues Report engagement. Read all about the SAQP awards on our blog and Twitter #SAQP2015