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Planning Application Process

Planning applications fall into one of 3 categories (Local, Major and National). What constitutes a 'Local', 'Major', 'National' development is outlined in The Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Development) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 and further information can be found in Scottish Governments Hierarchy of Developments Circular 5/2009.  The decision process and the roles involved are different for each category:

Local Development includes extensions to existing houses and small-medium developments involving uses such as housing, industry and retail on sites of less than 2 ha. The statutory period for determining these applications is 2 months.  The following attachments provides additional information about the processing of applications for Local Developments.

Major Development includes developments of 50 houses or more, large retail developments and certain waste, transport and energy related developments. The statutory period for determining these applications is 4 months. 

National Developments are mainly large public works and are identified in the Scottish Government's National Planning Framework. The statutory period for determining these applications is 4 months.