Section 10: Planning functions
41.This section enables the arrangements for the exercise of the town and country planning function (under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 and related planning Acts) in a National Park to be specified in the designation order setting up that National Park. These arrangements may take the form of—
the National Park authority being the planning authority for the area of the Park,
the National Park authority being the planning authority only in respect of development plan preparation, or
the National Park authority having such functions in respect of planning as the designation order specifies: this option could include, for example, the possibility of the planning function remaining with local authorities in the area, with the National Park authority being given statutory powers as a consultee.