Planning and Architecture

  • The Private Sector and LDP Evidence Reports

    24th April 2024 by

    How to get involved The first round of local development plan (LDP) Evidence Reports are under preparation by planning authorities across Scotland. We want these to support a delivery focused planning system; this will demand early and proactive engagement between planning authorities and all stakeholders. We want to see positive and open conversations which promote...

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  • Planning System – Mandatory Training for Elected Members: Consultation Analysis

    4th April 2024 by

    Mandatory training for elected members was included in the Planning Scotland Act 2019, alongside a package of measures to improve the performance of the planning system. From 13 July to 26 October 2023, we consulted on how this could be implemented. Following the public consultation last year, we have published an independent analysis of the...

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  • Guidance Published on Chief Planning Officers

    2nd April 2024 by

    A new duty for planning authorities to appoint a Chief Planning Officer has come into force on 1 April 2024, following the latest set of Commencement Regulations to implement parts of the 2019 Act, as we continue our ongoing planning reform work. Meeting part of this duty, the Scottish Government has issued and today published...

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  • Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2024

    14th March 2024 by

    The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2024, supported by the Scottish Government, celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The winning and commended entries were announced at a ceremony at The Trades Hall, Glasgow on 13th March. The winner of the My Place Awards 2024 Community-led Project category is The Corner,...

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  • A two-wheeled tour of our ‘Dear Green Place’: exploring Glasgow’s active travel infrastructure on electric bikes

    11th August 2023 by

        Last month, a team of key Officers showcased Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) award-winning sustainable travel infrastructure to a group of planners and policy makers from Scottish Government’s Planning, Architecture and Regeneration Division. It was an inspiring and informative day, witnessing first-hand the drive and enthusiasm behind improvements to Glasgow’s active travel infrastructure. We...

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  • Planning to live well locally – consultation on draft guidance

    24th May 2023 by

    We have a clear vision for growing a well-being economy, achieving net zero and building community wealth, but we’re often asked what this means for our places and communities. By planning places to help people to live well locally, we’re taking practical steps towards making this vision a reality. Our places should work for all...

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  • Tom Arthur MSP: Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments

    11th January 2022 by

    COP26 has reinforced on an international stage, how green spaces, with opportunities to connect with nature and to play in natural settings can bring benefits, not only to the planet but also building resilience in our children and in communities. Never have they been more important as we recover from the pandemic, tackle the climate...

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  • Digital Planning: PlaceBuilder

    14th October 2021 by

    An overview Subscriptions available – The Digital Planning team have been working with a company called The Future Fox on the development of a community focused digital engagement tool called PlaceBuilder. PlaceBuilder seeks to present viable options available to communities in helping shape their community with actionable solutions. PlaceBuilder is a cloud engagement platform that...

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  • Local Place Plans – a big step closer

    7th October 2021 by

    On 7 October 2021 the Scottish Government laid the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) in the Scottish Parliament. Subject to Parliament’s approval, they will come into force on 22 January 2022. The Regulations provide for the preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans (LPPs). They are an...

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  • Engagement on Local Place Plans proposals

    26th May 2021 by

    Just before the recent Scottish Parliament election we published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. Accompanying the consultation paper, we published a draft ‘How to’ Guide and asked people to send us comments. You can find out more at The consultation period runs till 25 June 2021. Here we...

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