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Planning Advice Note PAN77 - Designing Safer Places

DescriptionThis document supersedes PAN 46 Planning for Crime Prevention (published in 1994). PAN 77 highlights the positive role that planning can play in helping to create attractive well-managed environments which help to discourage antisocial and criminal behaviour.
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2006
Website Publication DateMarch 27, 2006


ISBN 0 7559 4982 X
ISSN: 0141 514 X

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Successful Places
Creating Safer Places
Roles in the Planning Process
Those Involved

designing quality environments can help create safer places

Planning series:

  • Scottish Planning Policies ( SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Executive policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Executive policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.
  • Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Executive policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development management.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines ( NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Executive location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision making as SPPs.