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Irene Beautyman
Planning for Place Programme Manager

Tel. 07908 930763

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Trevor Moffat

Project Officer

Tel. 07834 516824

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Key Agencies

Information on the Key Agencies, specifically for elected members, has been prepared by the Key Agencies Group working with COSLA and the Improvement Service. The video below provides an overview of the role of the Key Agencies Group. There are also FAQs and information sheets on each of the agencies: Architecture + Design Scotland; Historic Environment Scotland; SEPA; Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Water; and Transport Scotland.

Video: Supporting Place Leaders - The Role of the Key Agencies Group


Other resources

Positive engagement: a guide for councillors - 2-page leaflet

Local Review Bodies fact sheet - provides key information on LRBs for elected members

Good practice for Local Review Bodies - advice published by the Scottish Government

Councillor's guide to urban design - development by CABE for elected members in England

Councillors' Code of Conduct



Politicians in Planning Network

RTPI Scotland

Planning Skills - Information for Elected Members

Planning Skills on Twitter

Place Network on Twitter

Sign up for the Planning Skills mailing list

Information about the planning system written specifically for elected members is available.


The Planning System in Scotland: an Introduction for Elected Members is a brochure covering the fundamentals of the planning system and the role of elected members.

Christina Cox, planning and building standards manager at Stirling Council presents an overview of the Guide for Elected Members. The presentation given is followed by a Q+A session with current elected members.

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