The Planning System in Scotland

national planning framework 3 logo The planning system is used to make decisions about the future development, and the use of land in our towns, cities and countryside.

It considers where development should happen, where it should not and how development affects its surroundings. The system balances competing demands to make sure that land is used and developed in the public's long-term interest.

Scotland's planning system has undergone the most significant modernisation in over 60 years. The overall aim is delivery of a planning service that is efficient, inclusive, fit for purpose and sustainable.

Planning Links

Web Review 2014

Our web pages have undergone reconstruction, if you can't find what you are looking for please let us know.


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Stakeholder Survey

Stakeholder survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in our stakeholder survey we received over 130 responses. Your feedback on the quality of the service provided by Planning and Architecture staff is appreciated and will be used to inform our service improvement plan for 2014-15.

Streamlining Scottish Planning Assessments Survey

We are inviting stakeholders engaged in the preparation and review of Scottish planning assessments to complete a short online survey which will take only a couple of minutes to complete.
Survey closes 18th April 2014.


Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Applications for this year's SAQP are now open.  The closing date for applications is May 2, 2014 with the Awards Ceremony taking place in Edinburgh in November 2014.  Follow #SAQP2014 on Twitter.