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A Guide to Planning Appeals in Scotland


1 What can be appealed to Scottish Ministers?

There are a number of circumstances where an appeal can be made to Scottish Ministers on land use planning matters. These can be grouped into two broad categories:

  • Decisions made on applications: where an application has been made to the council but the person who made the application doesn't agree with the decision (or the council hasn't made a decision).
    The most common of these appeals follow from applications for planning permission, listed building consent and consent to display advertisements.
  • Formal notices requiring action: where the council has served a notice requiring somebody to carry out a specific action, or for particular activities to be stopped. These include appeals against several types of enforcement notice relating to alleged breaches of planning control, and notices requiring action to improve the condition of land.

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