Planning Advice Note 68: Design Statements

Explains what a design statement is, why it is a useful tool, when it is required and how it should be prepared and presented.

Planning Advice Note 68: Design Statements


design statements should explain the design principles on which the development is
based and illustrate the design solution

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is a design statement?
is a design statement a useful tool?
is a design statement required?
should prepare a design statement?
should a design statement be presented?
should a design statement be submitted?
Annex - The design process


Alan Forbes
Allan Murray Architects Ltd
Bill Fulton
Cadell 2 Architects and Urban Designers
Chris Gascoigne
David Churchill
Dundee City Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
Hurd Rolland
Keith Hunter
LaSalle Investment Management
Malcolm Fraser Architects
Michael Wolchover
Nicoll Russell Studios
Paul Zanre
Richard Murphy Architects
RMJM Scotland Ltd
Smith Scott Mullan Associates Ltd
The Highland Council


Enquiries about the content of this Planning Advice Note should be addressed to Susan Stirling, Planning, Scottish Executive Development Department, 2H Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ. Telephone 0131 244 7551.

Further copies of this PAN and a list of SPPs, NPPGs and PANs can be obtained by telephoning 0131 244 7543. A copy of this PAN is also available on the Scottish Executive website:

August 2003

© Crown copyright 2003
ISBN: 0-7559-0862-7
ISSN: 0141-514X

good quality development
Planning series:

> Scottish Planning Policies (SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Executive policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.

> Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Executive policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.

> Planning Advice Notes (PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Executive policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development control.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines (NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Executive location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision making as SPPs.

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