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Scottish planning policy
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In Scotland, primary planning law is established by The Town and Country Planning Act (Scotland) 1997 Chapter 8 as amended by The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. 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:
- 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. National Planning Framework 3 was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 23 June 2014.
- Creating Places policy statement.
- Designing Streets policy statement.
See Scottish planning and architecture documents for more information.
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:
- Delivering heat and electricity.
- Planning for zero waste.
- · A natural, resilient place:
- Valuing the natural environment.
- Maximising the benefits of green infrastructure.
- Supporting aquaculture.
- Managing flood risk and drainage.
- A connected place:
- Promoting sustainable transport and active travel.
- Supporting digital connectivity.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Drying room - Scotland.
- National planning policy framework.
- Planning permission.
- Planning (Wales) Bill.
- Scottish building standards.
- Scottish planning and architecture documents.
- UK construction industry.
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