Planning: core documents library

List of planning core documents for use in planning and environmental appeals.

To submit materials to be considered as part of this collection, email them to

To submit a document on this list as part of your document list, you must hyperlink the document name with the URL for the document. Please note it is not sufficient to provide a link to the front page of the core documents library, accompanied by a list of relevant documents. The links must to be to each specific document referred to. Any document lists submitted without complete links for each document will be returned to you. If you are referring to an extract of a larger document, you should specify the relevant section in your document list e.g. Local development plan - Chapter 3 - Section 7.2.

View documents relating to renewables cases in the renewables core documents library.

The following are materials that have been accepted as core documents for the planning core document library.
  • national planning documents
  • strategic development plans
  • local planning authority documents
  • frequently used planning advice notes
  • frequently used planning circulars

National planning documents

Strategic development plans

Local planning authority documents

Key agencies' documents - coming soon

  • Architecture + Design Scotland
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Water
  • Transport Scotland

Frequently used planning advice notes

Frequently used planning circulars

Full list of circulars, planning advice notes, letters from chief planner etc


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