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Scottish Planning Policy



Scottish Planning Policy ( SPP) is the statement of the Scottish Government's policy on nationally important land use planning matters.

National Planning Framework ( NPF) is the Scottish Government's strategy for Scotland's long term spatial development

Circulars, which also provide statements of the Scottish Government's policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.

Statements of Scottish Government policy in the SPP, NPF, Designing Places, Designing Streets and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plans and development management decisions.

Designing Places, Designing Streets and the West Edinburgh Planning Framework have the same status in decision making as the SPP and NPF.

Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice and information on technical planning matters.

Design Advice Guidance will provide guidance and information on design matters covering a range of practical projects and roles.

Further information on the Scottish Government's role in the planning system is available on http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning

This Scottish Planning Policy supersedes the following documents, which are now revoked:

  • SPP 2 - Economic Development
  • SPP 3 - Planning for Homes
  • SPP 4 - Planning for Minerals
  • SPP 6 - Renewable Energy
  • SPP 7 - Planning and Flooding
  • SPP 8 - Town Centres and Retailing
  • SPP 10 - Planning for Waste Management
  • SPP 11 - Open Space and Physical Activity
  • NPPG 12 - Skiing Developments
  • NPPG 13 - Coastal Planning
  • NPPG 14 - Natural Heritage
  • SPP 15 - Planning for Rural Development
  • SPP 16 - Opencast Coal
  • SPP 17 - Planning for Transport
  • NPPG 19 - Radio Telecommunications
  • SPP 20 - Role of Architecture and Design Scotland
  • SPP 21 - Green Belts
  • SPP 22 - Planning for Fish Farming
  • SPP 23 - Planning and the Historic Environment
  • Circular 12/1986 - Planning Control over Onshore Oil and Gas Operations
  • PAN 53 - Classifying the Coast for Planning Purposes