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What is planning reform?

We are progressing a wide reform of Scotland’s planning system – of the way planning works, collaborates and makes choices and decisions.  See the background to the planning reform programme

How we got here

A stage-by-stage telling of the story from an independent review of planning through to our new Planning Act, with some key resources

Work programme

The Transforming Planning in Practice work programme explains and updates how we’re implementing the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019

Work packages

The work programme is being taken forward through several themed work packages.  You can follow progress, including access to relevant resources and working group papers


From the start, collaboration between people with different interests has been central to how we are reforming Scotland’s planning system.  We continue to do this together


Current and completed public consultations, including analysis of responses


Primary and secondary legislation completed to date on the reform of the statutory planning system

Last Updated: 07 Dec 2023