Planning (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about how land is developed and used.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, on 4 December 2017.

Read the Planning (Scotland) Bill and its accompanying documents.

The Scottish Government has provided simplified flowcharts to help explain how the Bill proposes to change development planning and the preparation of local development plans. These can be found at:

Stage 1

The Parliamentary Bureau has designated the Local Government and Communities Committee as the lead Committee for the Bill.

Call for Written Evidence

The Committee has today, Friday 15 December 2017, launched a call for written evidence as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) Bill. The Planning (Scotland) Bill was introduced into Parliament by the Scottish Government on 4 December 2017. The Scottish Government explains that the Bill will improve the system of development planning, giving people a greater say in the future of their places and support delivery of planned development.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the Planning (Scotland) Bill.  Those views will then inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 2 February 2018

The Committee recognises that for some their views of the planning system will be informed by their personal experiences. In responding to the Committee you may however wish to note that the Committee will not become involved in or investigate individual cases or specific planning applications. In those circumstances you may wish to focus your written evidence on the Bill and how it is likely to improve the planning system. 

Read the call for evidence.


Call for Written Evidence

  • Friday 15 December 2017: launch of call for written evidence
  • Friday 2 February 2018: closure of call for written evidence

Oral Evidence

The Committee anticipates holding oral evidence sessions at Stage 1 of the Bill on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 28 February 2018 (Stakeholder Panel 1)
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Stakeholder Panel 2)
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018 (Stakeholder Panel 3)
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018 (Scottish Government)