Local planning pack - Scotland
We've put together useful information on Scottish planning to help better guide you through the maze of the local planning system.
Useful planning information
To help you make the most of your voice, we've produced a set of leaflets to give you the power to influence local decisions and protect the wildlife which is important to you.
Please see downloadable documents for more help and information.
What to do now
When dealing with a live planning application, you will need to be objective and decide if there is a genuine case. Wasting time on a weak element of your campaign may undermine other legitimate planning concerns.
Find out the key questions you need to ask in order to build a case for protecting wildlife through the planning system.
What to do before a case
Use your local knowledge to influence development at an early stage.
By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to prevent a harmful development, or even enhance a proposal's value to wildlife.
How to gain local support
The more people who know what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will likely get for your campaign. Find out how to get your local media and local politicians involved.
Word doc, 117KbThe planning system
Word doc, 129KbProtecting birds from development
Word doc, 143KbProtecting woodland and trees in Scotland
Word doc, 116KbProtecting other wildlife from development proposals
Word doc, 172KbHelping you to assess the value of a wildlife site
Word doc, 306KbGetting involved in planning applications
Word doc, 122KbHow to get involved with development plans
Word doc, 784KbAddressing climate change through planning
Word doc, 105KbMarine planning sheet
Word doc, 319KbGetting your message across to local politicians
PDF, 347KbGetting your message across with local media
Get more information on specific species, as well as more detailed planning advice from our list of useful contacts.
- Amateur Entomologists' Society
- Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
- Barn Owl Trust
- The Bat Conservation Trust
- Botanical Society of Scotland
- Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland
- British Association for Shooting and Conservation
- British Dragonfly Society
- British Hedgehog Preservation Society
- The British Mycological Society
- British Trust for Ornithology
- British Waterways
- Bumblebee Conservation Trust
- Butterfly Conservation
- Conservation Foundation
- Environmental Law Foundation
- Forestry Commission Scotland
- Friends of the Earth Scotland
- Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Hawk and Owl Trust
- The Mammals Society
- National Trust for Scotland
- Planning aid for Scotland
- Planning Democracy
- Plantlife Scotland
- Freshwater Habitats
- Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland
- Scottish Environment LINK
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Ornithologists' Club
- Scottish Wildlife Trust
- Small Woods Association
- Town and Country Planning Association
- Tree Council
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
- Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
- Woodland Trust
Environmental Impact Assessment FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions around Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Scotland, including what they are and what they're used for.