Last edited 07 Feb 2015

Scottish planning and architecture documents


[edit] Introduction

The Scottish government has published a series of planning and architecture documents that are material considerations in planning decisions. The series falls into two broad categories:

  • Planning and architecture policy.
  • Planning and design advice and guidance.

[edit] Planning and architecture policy

A series of planning circulars contain guidance on the implementation of planning policy through procedural or legislative change:

The Planning Policy is the Scottish government’s policy on nationally important land use matters. The latest version was published in June 2014. See Scottish planning policy for more information.

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a strategy for Scotland’s long-term spatial planning, highlighting the government’s development priorities for the next 20-30 years. National Planning Framework (NPF). It sets the context for development planning in Scotland and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole. The third National Planning Framework was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 23 June 2014.

The Creating Places policy statement was published in June 2013 and sets out the government’s position on architecture and place. It considers that successful places can provide opportunities, build vibrant communities and contribute to a flourishing economy. The statement outlines an action plan detailing action that will be taken to achieve positive change.

The Designing Streets policy statement was published in March 2010 and is the policy for street design focusing on place-making and moving away from the dominance of motor vehicles.

[edit] Planning and design advice and guidance

The government provides a advice on various technical planning matters through:

  • Planning Advice Notes (PAN).
  • Guides.
  • Letters from the Chief Planner.
  • Design guidance.
  • Specific advice documents/sheets.

Detailed government advice is provided on a suite of topics on the government website:

General planning advice is available online from the government website:

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