10. Responding to this Consultation
10.1 We are inviting responses to this consultation by 12 November 2020.
10.2 Please respond using the Scottish Government's consultation hub, Citizen Space by accessing and responding to this consultation online. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses must be submitted by the closing date of 12 November 2020 to be considered.
10.3 If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please complete and send the Respondent Information Form to:
Planning Development Delivery Team
Area 2F South
Handling your response
10.4 If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the "About You" page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and will treat it accordingly.
10.5 All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Next steps in the process
10.7 Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.
10.8 Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.
10.9 Responses to the consultation will help inform the final development of proposals and the drafting of regulations that will be laid in the Scottish Parliament amending the General Permitted Development Order to bring the changes into effect. Subject to confirmation by the Scottish Parliament it is anticipated that changes resulting from this process will come into force in Spring 2021.