Key Agencies Group

Role of the group

The Key Agencies Group was established in 2008 following the publication of Delivering Planning Reform, and comprises a group of public bodies has been recognised as supporting the delivery of culture change through improved joint working. 

The Key Agencies have an important role in the delivery of our overarching purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

The Group meets quarterly to review our progress under our committed targets and seeks to engage with all sectors in the planning system. The Group has a number of core commitments, focused around:

  • providing clear and practical planning advice and policies
  • identifying areas to improve culture change
  • working together on development plan engagement
  • supporting the delivery of culture change through improved joint working
  • promoting pre-application discussions
  • developing skills across the various sectors to improve performance
  • engaging with planners, developers, trade bodies and Scottish Government

Previous minutes of the Key Agencies Group are available in our website archive. 


The following bodies are represented on the Key Agencies Group:

  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • The Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Scottish Water
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Highland and Islands Enterprise 
  • Regional Transport Partnerships
  • Crofters Commission 
  • Health Boards
  • Transport Scotland
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Marine Scotland
  • Architecture & Design Scotland
  • SportScotland
  • British Geological Survey 
  • Improvement Service
  • Planning Aid Scotland