Permitted Development Rights review - phase 3: consultation

We are currently conducting a substantial review of permitted development rights (PDR). Phase 3 focusses on renewable energy equipment, replacement windows, electricity network infrastructure, reverse vending machines and temporary use of land for shooting ranges.


1. In this context, an "elevation" refers to a view of the side or face of a building

2. For these purposes, a habitable room means a room other than a bathroom, shower room, water closet or kitchen.

3. From section 26(2)(a) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (

4. Chapter 7. Tackling Non-Transport Emissions Sources, discusses 'Domestic heat Combustion (pages 54 to 58).

5. The term 'wood burning stoves' is taken to include wood burners and log burners.

6. An area which (a) has as its primary use lawful off-street parking, and (b) has a hard surface.

7. See article 7 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development and Use Classes) (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendment Order 2023 (

8. Section 26(2)(a) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (

9. Introduced in April 2023, class 1A brings together those uses previously falling within use class 1 (shops) and use class 2 (financial, professional and other services) into a single class.

10. "Astragals" are the bars which divide a window into multiple panes.

11. The term 'Electric Line' is defined at Section 64 (1) of the Electricity Act 1989. It means any line which is used for carrying electricity for any purpose and includes, unless the context otherwise requires, (a) any support of any such line, that is to say, any structure, pole or other thing in, on, by or from which any such line is or may be supported, carried or suspended; (b) any apparatus connected to any such line for the purpose of carrying electricity; and (c) any wire, cable, tube, pipe or other similar thing (including its casing or coating) which surrounds or supports, or is surrounded or supported by, or is installed in close proximity to, or is supported, carried or suspended in association with, any such line.

12. The Sustainability Appraisal incorporates SEA requirements under the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005



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