Independent Review of Planning Discussion Forum

The independent review panel are keen to give anyone with a view on the Scottish planning system a further opportunity to feed in thoughts and recommendations on how the planning system can be improved through an online Forum

Feedback gathered from this forum will be fed-back to the panel.independent planning review





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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 (launched January 13, 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.

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.

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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