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Scottish planning policy
In Scotland, the main primary legislation setting the structure of the planning system is the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. Local authorities and the national park authorities are responsibility for delivering planning services.
Scottish Planning Policy is the Scottish government’s national policy for future development and the use of land. Following a review of planning policy, the latest version was published in June 2014, replacing the 2010 version and the Designing Places (2001) statement.
- Preparation of development plans.
- Development design from conception to delivery.
- Determination of planning applications and appeals.
- National Planning Framework (NPF). This sets the context for development planning in Scotland and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole. For more information see: National Planning Framework
- Creating Places policy statement.
- Designing Streets policy statement.
The principal policies covered include:
- Sustainability – a strong focus for the government to create a more successful country through increasing sustainable economic growth.
- Delivery – focusing on development planning and development management.
- Placemaking – with an emphasis on places creating better places.
Key subjects have specific policies, including:
- A successful, sustainable place:
- Promoting town centres.
- Promoting rural development.
- Supporting business and employment.
- Enabling delivery of new homes.
- Valuing the historic environment.
- A low carbon place:
- · A natural, resilient place:
- Valuing the natural environment.
- Maximising the benefits of green infrastructure.
- Supporting aquaculture.
- Managing flood risk and drainage.
- A connected place:
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- National Planning Framework.
- National planning policy framework.
- Planning permission.
- Planning (Wales) Bill.
- Scotland publishes plans to reach net zero targets with Heat in Buildings Strategy.
- Scotland reaches homebuilding milestone in 2021.
- Scottish building standards.
- Scottish Government urged to review infrastructure.
- Scottish housing standard.
- Scottish planning and architecture documents.
- The future infrastructure of Scotland.
- UK construction industry.
- Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.
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