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We engaged widely and listened carefully to what stakeholders had to say about the need for change in the planning system before we developed the Planning (Scotland) Bill. We continued to engage and listen during the Bill process through the Scottish Parliament. And we are still listening now as we work together to develop the secondary legislation and guidance still to come.

Throughout the implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 and our development of further legislation and guidance, we will seek vital input from stakeholders before reaching any conclusions; for example through working groups, targeted engagement and consultation.

You can keep in touch with all the latest developments and opportunities to give your views by:

You can also access and contribute to live public consultations and view those which have been completed

Discussion Notes: Implementing the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019

There's much to be done to complete the transformation of our planning system. And there's much to be discussed and debated to get us there. If you want to explore what the provisions of the new Act mean, any issues arising and next steps - perhaps with your own colleagues and contacts - you could use this presentation and accompanying speaking notes as a means to stimulate discussion:

Transforming Planning in Practice (presentation) - PDF (2.1kB)

Transforming planning in practice (speaking notes) - PDF (6.24MB)

Transforming Planning in Practice Working Groups

We have convened four working groups to support our consideration of a wide range of issues within the Transforming Planning in Practice programme. The groups met for the first time in December 2019 and will meet again at appropriate intervals. The four groups correspond to four of the work packages into which the programme has been divided.

  • Community Engagement
  • Development Management
  • Development Planning
  • Leadership, Skills and Resourcing

Working group membership - PDF (291kB)

The introductory presentation slides from the December 2019 meeting of the working groups are available for viewing here:

Overview of work programme - PDF (1.41MB)

Capacity for change – a planner of the future - PDF (1.77MB)

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National Planning Framework 4

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Last Updated: 07 Jun 2023