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This publication has now been superseded by the Scottish Planning Policy (February 04, 2010).

Scottish Planning Policy SPP1 The Planning System

DescriptionProvides an overview of the land use planning system
ISBN0-7559-2284-0
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 15, 2002

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Scottish Planning Policy
SPP1
The Planning System

November 2002

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Planning Series:
  • Scottish Planning Policies (SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Executive policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Executive policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.
  • Planning Advice Notes (PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Executive policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development control.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines (NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Executive location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status indecision making as SPPs.

This SPP summarises the Scottish Ministers' understanding of the effect of the relevant primary and secondary legislation although the summaries do not carry statutory authority in themselves and legal advice should always be taken in case of doubt.

Contents

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Introduction

1

The Purpose of the Planning System

4

The Planning System and the Wider Objectives of the Scottish Executive

6

Sustainable Development
Economic Competitiveness
Social Justice
Environmental Quality
Design
Integrated Transport

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20

European Dimension

22

Development Plans

25

Structure Plans
Local Plans
Supplementary Guidance
Development Control
Deciding a Planning Application
Material Considerations
Use of Conditions
Planning Agreements
Other Legislation
Development Contrary to Development Plans
Public Involvement in Development Control
Enforcement
Role of the Scottish Executive in Development Control

Planning Applications
Appeals

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The Planning Service

69

Openness and Accountability
Working Together
Implementation
Community Planning
Best Value
Information and Communication Technology
Councillor Standards and Training
Human Rights
Ombudsman
Performance Targets

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Conclusion

89

Notes

91

Annex