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New planning measures come into effect

3 August 2009

Reforms to Scotland's palnning system come into force today, in a move designed to help position Scotland's economy for recovery.

The changes, under the Planning (Scotland) Act 2006, include:

  • New categories of planning applications – national, major and local – with different procedures for determining each category
  • Establishing local review bodies so that councillors, rather than the Scottish Government, can review decisions made over small-scale, local developments;
  • A shorter time limit for lodging appeals – three months instead of six
  • A requirement on developers to consult communities before submitting major development proposals
  • More information being made available on planning decisions;
  • Increasing the options for planning authorities to take effective enforcement action.

Infrastructure Minister Stewart Stevenson said: "The Scottish Government is working to ensure Scotland's planning system is increasingly joined up, providing greater certainty and speed of decision making for developers and communities.”

He added said that having appeals for small developments considered by local review bodies would enable them to move more swiftly through the planning system, rather than requiring consideration by ministers.

Click here to read a contributed summary of the changes.

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