Last edited 16 Jun 2021

Scottish planning policy


[edit] Introduction

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.

The policy document promotes a consistent approach in its application across Scotland, whilst allowing some flexibility in relation to the local environment. It is focused on:

In addition to the planning policy document, there are a number of supplementary planning policy documents:

See Scottish planning and architecture documents for more information.

[edit] Policies

The principal policies covered include:

Key subjects have specific policies, including:

  1. Promoting town centres.
  2. Promoting rural development.
  3. Supporting business and employment.
  4. Enabling delivery of new homes.
  5. Valuing the historic environment.
  1. Delivering heat and electricity.
  2. Planning for zero waste.
  • · A natural, resilient place:
  1. Valuing the natural environment.
  2. Maximising the benefits of green infrastructure.
  3. Supporting aquaculture.
  4. Managing flood risk and drainage.
  • A connected place:
  1. Promoting sustainable transport and active travel.
  2. Supporting digital connectivity.

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