Development plan preparation: change in approach

Change in our approach to development plan preparation, to better manage resources while maintaining appropriate involvement.

We will concentrate our support for plan preparation on the following key plan stages to ensure Ministerial policies and priorities are considered in plan preparation.

  • proposed plans
  • requests for further information from DPEA relating to national developments
  • intention to adopt supplementary guidance, particularly on key policy topics
  • sdp approval

Change in approach to Planning and Architecture division involvement in development plan preparation

The Scottish Government's response to the Review of Planning indicated that Planning and Architecture Division (PAD) will be reducing their input to current development plans. This is to better focus our resources on ensuring the pace and inclusive approach to the review is maintained whilst ensuring that Scottish Government maintain appropriate involvement in plan preparation.

Outline note to planning authorities on Development Plans issues July 2016

An aide to Planning Authorities in preparing Local Development Plans to highlight issues we have regularly raised in responses and representations over the past couple of years. This note also points to good practice examples of where we consider matters have been appropriately addressed.

Development Plans service standard 16 August 2016

The purpose of this Service Standard is to outline how the Scottish Government Development Plan Gateway will work from 5 September 2016 and to provide information on the service that stakeholders can expect.




Carrie Thomson: 0131 244 7529

Robin Campbell: 0131 244 0626


Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

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