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Work Programme

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 sets the future structure of the modernised planning system.  The Act includes a broad range of changes to be made across the planning system including: 

  • arrangements for the preparation of development plans
  • proactive master planning
  • development management procedures and considerations
  • strengthening enforcement
  • a focus on improved performance and positive outcomes


The detail of how our reformed planning system will work in practice will be contained within secondary legislation and guidance, and we are working towards that now. 

Our updated Transforming Planning in Practice work programme (October 2021) summarises progress to date and sets out a schedule for the remainder of the implementation of the 2019 Act. Our intention is that most sections should be in force by the end of 2022.

Implementation of the Act runs alongside other planning reform workstreams, including:

All of these workstreams are reflected in the revised work programme.

You can also keep up with latest progress and access resources through our Work Packages pages.

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Last Updated: 21 Feb 2024