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Planning Circular 3/2009: notification of planning applications

Published: 1 Apr 2009

Guidance on changes to the processes and requirements for notifying Scottish Ministers of planning applications.

22 page PDF

247.4 kB

22 page PDF

247.4 kB

Planning Circular 3/2009: notification of planning applications

22 page PDF

247.4 kB

April 2009

ISBN 978 0 7559 7477 1 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0141-514X

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Scottish Ministers' role in planning applications

Changes to the system for notification to Scottish Ministers

Notification of Applications Direction
Category 1: Development in which planning authorities have an interest
Category 2: Objection by Government agency
Category 3: Opencast coal and related minerals

Removal of other standard notification categories

Other notification directions still in force

Submission of documents to Scottish Ministers

Scottish Government handling of notified applications

Further copies and enquiries

Annex: Notification Direction

Planning Series:

Scottish Planning Policy ( SPP) is the statement of Scottish Government policy on nationally important land use planning matters.

National Planning Framework ( NPF) is the Scottish Government's strategy for Scotland's long term spatial development.

Circulars contain Scottish Government policy on the implementation of legislation or procedures.

Statements of Scottish Government policy in the SPP, NPF and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plans and development management decisions.

Designing Places and the West Edinburgh Planning Framework have 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