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 have been published, April 30, 2013.
There will be a 12-week period of public consultation, ending on Tuesday July 23, 2013.
Revised Participation Statements have also been published. These Statements set out opportunities for stakeholders to get involved in the next stage of the process.