Scottish planning and architecture documents
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.
 Planning and architecture policy
- Applications and appeals.
- Compulsory purchase.
- Conservation area management.
- Development management.
- Development planning.
- Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Environmental protection.
- Fish farming.
- Hazardous materials.
- Local planning.
- Mineral workings.
- Open space.
- Permitted development.
- Planning obligations.
- Planning system.
- Planning zones.
- Renewable energy.
- Strategic development planning authorities.
- Town and Country Planning.
- Tree preservation.
- Tribunals and inquiries.
- Use classes order.
- Waste management.
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.
 Planning and design advice and guidance
The government provides a advice on various technical planning matters through:
- Planning Advice Notes (PAN).
- 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:
- Economic development.
- Fish farming.
- Green belts.
- Historic environment.
- Landscape and Natural Heritage.
- Open space and physical activity.
- Renewable energy.
- Rural development.
- Sustainable development.
- Town centres and retailing.
- Water and drainage.
General planning advice is available online from the government website:
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- Drying room - Scotland.
- National planning policy framework.
- Planning permission.
- Planning (Wales) Bill.
- Scottish planning policy.
- UK construction industry.
 External references
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