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.
NPF3 and SPP public consultations
The NPF3 Main Issues Report and draft Scottish Planning Policy were published on April 30, 2013.
Consultation on Draft SPP: Sustainability and Planning published on October 28, 2013
A short follow up consultation is being undertaken on Draft SPP: Sustainability and Planning.
The closing date for responses is December 16, 2013.
The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging interest and involvement in the preparation of the SPP. A Participation Statement sets out how this was done. We are continually looking for new ways and additional opportunities to enable participation and would welcome suggestions from interested parties.