Information for Elected Members

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.

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 ScotlandHistoric Environment ScotlandSEPAScottish Natural HeritageScottish Water; and Transport Scotland.

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

Trevor Moffat - Project Officer, Planning Skills
Susan Rintoul - Planning Project Officer