National Planning Framework ( NPF) is the Scottish Government's strategy for Scotland's long term spatial development.
Scottish Planning Policy ( SPP) is the statement of Scottish Government policy on nationally important land use planning matters.
Designing Streets is the statement of Scottish Government planning, transport and architecture policy on street design.
Creating Places is the statement of Scottish Government policy on architecture and place.
Circulars contain Scottish Government policy on the implementation of legislation or procedures.
Statements of Scottish Government policy in the above documents may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plans and development management decisions.
The West Edinburgh Planning Framework has the same status in decision making as the SPP and NPF.
Planning Advice Notes provide advice and information on technical planning matters.
Further information in the Scottish Government's role in the planning system is available on http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning