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Planning Series Circular 7/2007: Consultation on and Notification of Planning Applications for Outdoor Sports Facilities and Open Space 2007

DescriptionThis Circular and accompanying Directions to planning authorities give effect to the policy changes announced in SPP 11: Open Space and Physical Activity in respect of consultation and notification requirements for applications for planning permission on land identified in the development plan as open space and applications affecting certain outdoor sports facilities.
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2007
Website Publication DateNovember 15, 2007


ISBN 978 0 7559 6850 3 (Web only publication)
This document is also available in pdf format (124k)


Open Space
Playing Fields and Other Outdoor Sports Facilities
Consultation on Planning Applications
Notification of Planning Applications
Effective Date
Annex I: The Town and Country Planning (Consultation on Applications) (Scotland) Direction 2007
Annex II: The Town and Country Planning (Notification of Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Direction 2007


  • Scottish Planning Policies ( SPPs) provide statements of The Scottish Government's policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of The Scottish Government's 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 The Scottish Government's policy contained in SPPs and Circulars are material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development management.

Existing National Planning 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 The Scottish Government's location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision-making as SPPs.

The National Planning Framework sets out the strategy for Scotland's long-term spatial development. It has the same status as SPPs and provides a national context for development plans and planning decisions and the ongoing programme of The Scottish Government, public agencies and local government.

Important Note: In the interests of brevity and conciseness, SPPs do NOT repeat policy across thematic boundaries. Each SPP takes as read the general policy in SPP1 and highlights the other SPPs where links to other related policy will be found. The whole series of SPPs should be taken as an integral policy suite and read together.