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Development Management

The Development Management work package includes implementation of Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 provisions relating to:

  • Pre-application consultation
  • Duration of planning permission
  • Declining to determine similar applications
  • Schemes of delegation, appeals and local reviews

Several of the development management provisions have already been brought into force, including requirements relating to noise-sensitive developments, provision of changing places toilet facilities and a statement as to conformity with the development planSee the Legislation page for more details.

Development Management Working Group

December 2019 meeting discussion Summary - PDF (211kB)

Pre-application Consultation

The changes to requirements for pre-application consultation requirements with communities about national and major development, which were due to come into force on 1 October 2021, and the related changes in section 18 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, are to be postponed until 1 April 2022. To this effect, Regulations in SSI 2021/292 and SSI 2021/291 came into effect on 29 September 2021. Work will, however, continue on guidance to accompany the postponed changes.

Short-Term Let Control Areas

Section 17 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 includes provisions for planning authorities to be able to designate Short-Term Let Control Areas within their boundaries. In those areas, the use of a dwellinghouse for short term letting is deemed to involve a material change of use and therefore always needs planning permission. The arrangements for designating control areas are further set in the Short-Term let Control Area Regulations. The provisions will be in force from 1 April 2021 and we are preparing associated guidance.

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2021