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 that are 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 video below further describes the role of the group:
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
Minutes of the meetings are in the 'Documents' section at the bottom of this page.
Previous minutes of the Key Agencies Group are available in our website archive.
Planning performance reports
Several members of the Key Agencies Group prepare annual planning performance reports detailing their engagement in the planning system for the current year:
- Architecture and Design Scotland: planning performance framework report 2017-2018
- Historic Environment Scotland: planning performance framework report 2017-2018
- Scottish Natural Heritage: planning performance framework report 2017-2018
Each year the Key Agencies also come together for a peer-review session and the preparation of a joint statement on planning performance:
The group comprises a number of Key Agencies and other organisations which play a role in supporting the development plan process.
Planning regulations define Key Agencies as:
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Historic Environment Scotland
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- Scottish Water
- Scottish Enterprise (only in its area of jurisdiction)
- Highland and Islands Enterprise (only in its area of jurisdiction)
- Regional Transport Partnerships (only in relevant areas of jurisdiction)
- Crofters Commission (only in crofting counties)
- Health Boards
While legislation cannot specify them individually, the following bodies should have the same level of involvement in the development plan process:
The group also works in partnership with a number of other organisations that support the planning system, including:
- British Geological Survey
- Visit Scotland
- Improvement Service
- Planning Aid Scotland