Simplified Planning Zone pilots

Prospectus and application form for taking part in the Simplified Planning Zone pilots for housing.

In our response to the Planning Review we said we would take forward pilot Simplified Planning Zones (SPZ) for housing as an immediate action.

We have awarded £120,000 funding to support four local authorities to develop Simplified Planning Zones, to support development and inform any potential legislative changes. The pilot authorities are:

  • Aberdeenshire Council (Energetica)
  • Argyll & Bute Council
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council, working with Architecture +Design Scotland
  • North Ayrshire Council

The SPZ pilots will explore how SPZs can be used in a variety of contexts, including to:

  • support town centre living
  • support remote rural communities
  • promote diversification of housing types and supply, and innovative housing delivery, through self and custom build
  • and support inward investment and economic activity
Simplified Planning Zones Housing Pilots Prospectus.pdf



Telephone: 0131 244 7091

Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

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