An Introduction to the planning system for elected members
Information about the planning system written specifically for elected members is available. The Planning System in Scotland: an Introduction for Elected Members will help you understand what the planning system seeks to achieve and introduces the processes involved in decision-making.
This is currently being rewritten in light of the Planning (Scotland) Act.
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.
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
For those interested in the importance of place as a working approach to delivering national outcomes around improved wellbeing and inclusive growth.
Heads of Planning Scotland Members Forum
Private forum for members of Heads of Planning Scotland to enable discussion and sharing of information.