Planning Circular 6/2013: development planning

Guidance on the legislative procedural requirements relating to the preparation of development plans in Scotland.

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151. Key agencies are bodies specified by Scottish Ministers who are under a duty to co-operate with SDPAs or planning authorities at the following stages in the development plan process:

  • the compilation of the Main Issues Reports (Sections 9(5) & 17(5) of the Act);
  • the preparation of the proposed SDPs and LDPs (Sections 10(9) & 18(10)); and
  • the preparation of Action Programmes and proposed Action Programmes (Section 21(5)).

152. Regulation 28 defines the key agencies as:

  • Scottish Natural Heritage;
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency;
  • Scottish Water;
  • Scottish Enterprise (only in its area of jurisdiction);
  • Highland and Islands Enterprise (only in its area of jurisdiction);
  • Regional Transport Partnerships (only in relevant areas of jurisdiction);
  • Crofters Commission (only in crofting counties); and
  • Health Boards

153. While legislation cannot specify them individually, the following bodies should have the same level of involvement in the development plan process:

  • Historic Scotland;
  • Transport Scotland;
  • Forestry Commission Scotland; and
  • Marine Scotland.

154. Once Regional Marine Planning Partnerships are established, and where their area is adjacent to the development plan area, they should also be appropriately involved in the development plan process.

155. The intention is that, through this full and early engagement, plan-making authorities will have early access to much of the key information they need to produce effective plans. The plans themselves will therefore be realistic and deliverable and tie in with the strategic objectives of other agencies, with these agencies 'buying-in' to the strategy and proposals of plans and assisting in their delivery.


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