Planning Reform

Increasingly historic environment evidence informs and influences decision makers and decision making in Scotland.

Organisation: Key Agencies Group, including Historic Environment Scotland
Project title: Planning Reform

Casework Team staff outside the Scottish Parliament © Historic Environment Scotland.

As a member of the Key Agencies Group, HES have engaged with and supported the reform of Scotland’s planning system.  This has involved worked closely with partners and with Scottish Government at each stage of the preparation of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, and providing advice on key areas of new legislation.  Areas of input included:

  • National Planning Framework 4
  • Local Development Plans
  • Simplified Development Zones
  • Local Place Plans

HES have also worked with the British Geological Survey and Local Planning Authorities to develop data-sharing platforms and guidance in support of Local Development Plan preparation.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 3

Other: 6, 9

Contact name: Alison Baisden
Contact email:
Relevant web links:

Reviewed: September 2018