Planning and Environmental Appeals: business plan 2021 to 2025

Business plan for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) covering the period from 2021 to 2025.

Our vision, values and aims

Our vision is to provide a high quality and efficient service to all stakeholders.

In all activities DPEA will demonstrate fairness, impartiality and openness.

DPEA aims to embody the core values of the planning service in Scotland as set out in Scottish Planning Policy (2014) which include:

  • focusing on outcomes, maximising benefits and balancing competing interests
  • playing a key role in facilitating the transition to net zero and the creation of sustainable, liveable, productive and distinctive places
  • ensuring development plans are up to date and relevant
  • making decisions in a timely, transparent and fair way to provide a supportive business environment and engender public confidence in the system
  • being inclusive, engaging all interests as early and effectively as possible
  • being proportionate, only imposing conditions and obligations where necessary
  • upholding the law and enforcing the terms of decisions made



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