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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6. Development plans are spatial, land use plans which are primarily about place. They guide the future use of land in our cities, towns and rural areas, by addressing the spatial implications of economic, social and environmental change. Development plans should be a corporate document for the planning authority and its Community Planning Partners. The plan should apply the land use elements of the Community Plan and other Council and Government strategies into an overall spatial plan for the local area providing a means to join up messages about place and delivery. Development plans should set out ambitious but realistic long-term visions for their areas. They should indicate where development should happen and where it should not, providing confidence to investors and communities alike.

7. Scottish Planning Policy sets the broad principles that should underpin a plan-led system. Development plans should be kept up-to-date and provide a practical framework within which planning applications can be determined with a high degree of certainty and efficiency.

8. Scottish Ministers want development plans to be succinct and map based, with the emphasis on the written material explaining the spatial strategy and the policies and proposals shown on the map(s). They should be engaging documents setting out what places are like, and the specific vision for them.

9. Development plans should lead to the delivery of high quality outcomes. They should promote good placemaking with policies and proposals that help to achieve distinctive, high quality places and buildings. In this way development plans are of vital importance to the success and sustainability of our cities, towns and rural communities.

10. Whilst the primary responsibility for operating the development planning system lies with local, national park and strategic development planning authorities, all interests should be engaged as early and as fully as possible. Key agencies are under a specific duty to co-operate in the preparation of development plans, (see paragraphs 151-155). Greater integration between land use planning and community planning is crucial and development plans should reflect close working with Community Planning Partnerships [11] , to deliver the shared vision and desired outcomes for the area. Landowners, developers, investors, communities and interest groups should also engage with the development plan, and provide full information to support their interests at an early stage. The provision of clear and detailed information will support the preparation of the plan through to Examination.


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