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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2013 No. 155

Town And Country Planning

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

Made

21st May 2013

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

23rd May 2013

Coming into force

30th June 2013

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 27A(1), 27C, 30(1) and (3), 32, 34, 35, 35A, 35B(4) and (5), 35C(2), 36, 36A, 38(2)(b), 38A(1), 43, 43A, 59, 152 and 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997(1), and all other powers enabling them to do so.

PART 1Introductory

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and come into force on 30th June 2013.

Application

2.—(1) Subject to Part 10 and paragraphs (2) to (4), these Regulations apply to—

(a)applications for planning permission;

(b)applications for approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission; and

(c)applications for a certificate under sections 150 (certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development) or 151 (certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development) of the Act,

made on or after 3rd August 2009.

(2) If a special development order is made, or has been made before the commencement of these Regulations, in relation to any land, these Regulations apply to that order only to such extent and subject to such modifications as may be specified in the order.

(3) These Regulations apply to an application for planning permission relating to marine fish farm development in accordance with regulation 36.

(4) These Regulations do not apply to applications for planning permission made under section 31A of the Act (planning permission in respect of the operation of a marine fish farm).

Interpretation

3.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the Act” means the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997;

“appointed officer” means a person appointed by virtue of a scheme of delegation under section 43A(1) of the Act (local developments: schemes of delegation) by the planning authority to determine the application;

“category A listed building” means a listed building specified as being category A in a list of buildings compiled or approved and amended as the case may be by the Scottish Ministers in accordance with section 1(4) of the Listed Buildings Act(2) (listing of buildings of special architectural or historic interest);

“cemetery” includes a burial ground or any other place of interment for the dead;

“community council” means a community council established in accordance with the provisions of Part IV of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973(3);

“Crown land” has the meaning given in section 242(1) the Act (Crown land: preliminary definitions);

“design statement” and “design and access statement” have the meaning given in regulation 13;

“dwellinghouse” includes a building containing one or more flats, or a flat contained within such a building.”

“environmental statement” has the same meaning as in the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011(4);

“the Fees Regulations” means the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004(5);

“historic garden or designed landscape” means a garden or landscape which is included in the inventory of gardens and designed landscapes compiled and maintained under section 32A of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(6) (inventory of gardens and designed landscapes);

“householder development” means the carrying out of building, engineering or other operations—

(a)

to improve, add to or alter an existing dwellinghouse;

(b)

within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of that dwellinghouse; and

(c)

to erect or construct a gate, fence or wall or other means of enclosure along a boundary of the curtilage of a dwellinghouse;

“licensed premises” means premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to the provisions of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005(7) or premises authorised by a premises licence under Part 8 of the Gambling Act 2005(8) to be used for activities described in section 150 of that Act (nature of licence);

“listed building” means a listed building within the meaning of section 1(4) of the Listed Buildings Act;

“Listed Buildings Act” means the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997;

“marine fish farm development” means the placing or assembly of any equipment in marine waters for the purposes of fish farming (“equipment” and “fish farming” having the same meaning as in section 26(6) of the Act (meaning of development)) and any material change of use of equipment so placed or assembled;

“marine planning zone” has the same meaning as in the Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007(9);

“marine waters” means the waters described in section 26(6)(b) and (c) of the Act;

“minerals application” means an application for planning permission for development consisting of the winning and working of minerals by underground working;

“National Scenic Area” means an area designated by a direction made by the Scottish Ministers under section 263A of the Act(10) (national scenic areas);

“neighbouring land” means an area or plot of land (other than land forming part of a road) which, or part of which, is conterminous with or within 20 metres of the boundary of the land for which the development is proposed;

“planning permission in principle” means a planning permission granted pursuant to an application made under regulation 10 for the carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land which is granted subject to a condition (in addition to any other conditions which may be imposed) that the development in question will not begin until certain matters have been approved by the planning authority or, as the case may be, the Scottish Ministers;

“pre-application consultation report” means a written report prepared in accordance with section 35C of the Act;

“road” has the same meaning as in section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984(11) (interpretation);

“scheduled monument” has the meaning given by section 1(11) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (schedule of monuments);

“validation date” is the date on which an application is taken to have been made in terms of regulation 14;

“World Heritage Site” means land appearing on the World Heritage List kept under article 11(2) of the 1972 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage(12).

(2) Other than in regulations 12 and 18, references to an approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission include an approval required by or under a development order.

(3) References to distance are references to distance measured along a horizontal plane.

(4) Any requirement that a form is to be as set out in a specified Schedule is to be construed as meaning a form as so specified or a form substantially to the like effect.

(5) Any power conferred by these Regulations to give a direction is to be construed as including power to cancel or vary the direction by a subsequent direction.

PART 2Pre-application consultation

Pre-application consultation – classes of development

4.  The classes of development prescribed for the purposes of section 35A(1) of the Act (pre-application consultation: preliminary) are development belonging to the categories of national developments and major developments.

Content of pre-application screening notice

5.—(1) A notice under section 35A(3) of the Act in addition to the information mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 35B(4) of the Act (pre-application consultation: compliance), must also contain a statement as to whether or not the planning authority have adopted a screening opinion or the Scottish Ministers have made a screening direction in respect of the development to which the notice relates.

(2) In this regulation “screening opinion” and “screening direction” have the same meaning as in the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Content of proposal of application notice

6.  A proposal of application notice must, in addition to those matters required by section 35B(4) of the Act, also contain an account of what consultation the applicant intends to undertake, when such consultation is to take place, with whom and what form it will take.

Pre-application consultation

7.—(1) The prospective applicant is to consult as respects a proposed application every community council any part of whose area is within or adjoins the land where the proposed development is situated and in doing so is to give a copy of the proposal of application notice to the community council.

(2) The prospective applicant is to—

(a)hold at least one public event where members of the public may make comments to the prospective applicant as regards the proposed development; and

(b)publish in a local newspaper circulating in the locality in which the proposed development is situated a notice containing—

(i)a description of, and the location of, the proposed development;

(ii)details as to where further information may be obtained concerning the proposed development;

(iii)the date and place of the public event;

(iv)a statement explaining how, and by when, persons wishing to make comments to the prospective applicant relating to the proposal may do so; and

(v)a statement that comments made to the prospective applicant are not representations to the planning authority and if the prospective applicant submits an application there will be an opportunity to make representations on that application to the planning authority.

(3) A public event held by the prospective applicant in accordance with paragraph (2)(a) is not to be held earlier than 7 days after notification of the date and place of such event is given under paragraph (2)(b)(iii).

PART 3Procedure on applications for planning permission

Applications for planning permission

8.  Any application made under any of regulations 9 to 12 is to be made to the planning authority within whose district the development to which the application relates is situated.

Form and content of an application for planning permission

9.—(1) An application to a planning authority for planning permission (other than planning permission in principle) is to be made in accordance with this regulation.

(2) An application for planning permission must contain—

(a)a written description of the development to which it relates;

(b)the postal address of the land to which the development relates or, if the land in question has no postal address, a description of the location of the land; and

(c)the name and address of the applicant and, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name and address of that agent.

(3) The application must be accompanied—

(a)by a plan—

(i)sufficient to identify the land to which it relates; and

(ii)showing the situation of the land in relation to the locality and in particular in relation to neighbouring land;

(b)by such other plans and drawings as are necessary to describe the development to which it relates;

(c)where any neighbouring land is owned by the applicant, by a plan identifying that land;

(d)by one or other of the certificates required under regulation 15;

(e)where the application relates to development belonging to the categories of national developments or major developments, by a pre‑application consultation report;

(f)where the application relates to the installation of an antenna to be employed in an electronic communications network, by an ICNIRP declaration;

(g)where required under regulation 13, by a design statement or a design and access statement;

(h)where the application relates to Crown land by a statement that the application is made in respect of Crown land; and

(i)by any fee payable under the Fees Regulations.

(4) In this regulation—

“electronic communications network” has the same meaning as in section 32 of the Communications Act 2003(13) (meaning of electronic communications networks and services); and

“ICNIRP declaration” means a declaration by the applicant that the antenna is designed to be in full compliance with the requirements of the radio frequency public exposure guidelines of the International Commission on Non‑Ionising Radiation Protection, as expressed in EU Council recommendation of 12th July 1999(14) on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (0Hz to 300GHz).

Application for planning permission in principle

10.—(1) An application to a planning authority for planning permission in principle is to be made in accordance with the requirements of this regulation.

(2) An application for planning permission in principle must contain—

(a)a written description outlining the development to which it relates;

(b)the postal address of the land to which the development relates or, if the land in question has no postal address, a description of the location of the land; and

(c)the name and address of the applicant and, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name and address of that agent.

(3) The application must be accompanied—

(a)by a plan—

(i)sufficient to identify the land to which it relates; and

(ii)showing the situation of the land in relation to the locality and in particular in relation to neighbouring land;

(b)where any neighbouring land is owned by the applicant, by a plan identifying that land;

(c)by one or other of the certificates required under regulation 15;

(d)where access to the site is to be taken directly from a road, by a description of the location of the access points to the proposed development;

(e)where the application relates to development belonging to the categories of national developments or major developments, by a pre‑application consultation report;

(f)where the application relates to Crown land by a statement that the application is made in respect of Crown land; and

(g)by any fee payable under the Fees Regulations.

Further applications

11.—(1) Where—

(a)planning permission has been granted for development;

(b)that development has not been commenced; and

(c)a time limit imposed by or under section 58 (duration of planning permission) or section 59 (planning permission in principle) of the Act has not expired,

an application (other than an application made under section 42 of the Act (application to develop land without compliance with previous conditions)) is made for planning permission for the same development, the application may be made without complying with the provisions of regulation 9 or regulation 10 other than regulation 9(2)(c) and (3)(c), (d), (e), (h), and (i) or regulation 10(2)(c) and (3)(b), (c), (e), (f) and (g).

(2) Where an application for planning permission is made under section 42 of the Act, the application may be made without complying with the provisions of regulation 9 or regulation 10 other than regulation 9(2)(c) and (3)(c), (d), (h), and (i) or regulation 10(2)(c) and (3)(b), (c), (f) and (g).

(3) An application mentioned in paragraph (1) or (2) is to be in writing and is to give sufficient information to enable the planning authority to identify the previous grant of planning permission and where it is made under section 42 of the Act is to contain a statement to that effect.

Application for approval of matters specified in conditions

12.—(1) An application to a planning authority for approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission in principle must be made in accordance with this regulation.

(2) An application for such approval, consent or agreement is to be in writing and must—

(a)identify the planning permission to which it relates;

(b)contain a description of the matter in respect of which the application is made;

(c)state the name and address of the applicant and, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name and address of that agent;

(d)be accompanied—

(i)where the application relates to the alteration or construction of buildings, other structures or roads or to landscaping, by plans and drawings describing the matter in respect of which the application is made;

(ii)where any neighbouring land is owned by the applicant, by a plan identifying that land; and

(iii)by any fee payable under the Fees Regulations.

(3) In this regulation “landscaping” means the treatment of land (other than buildings) for the purpose of enhancing or protecting the amenities of the site and the area in which it is situated and includes screening by fences, walls or other means, the planting of trees, hedges, shrubs or grass, the formation of banks, terraces or other earthworks, the laying out or provision of gardens, courts or squares, water features, sculpture, or public art and the provision of other amenity features.

Design and access statements

13.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3), an application for planning permission for development belonging to the categories of national developments or major developments must be accompanied by a design and access statement.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), an application for planning permission for development belonging to the category of local developments where the land to which the application relates is situated within—

(a)a World Heritage Site;

(b)a conservation area;

(c)a historic garden or designed landscape;

(d)a National Scenic Area;

(e)the site of a scheduled monument; or

(f)the curtilage of a category A listed building,

must be accompanied by a design statement other than where the development in question comprises the alteration or extension of an existing building.

(3) This regulation does not apply to—

(a)an application for planning permission made under section 42 of the Act;

(b)an application for planning permission for—

(i)engineering or mining operations;

(ii)householder development; or

(iii)a material change in the use of land or buildings; or

(c)an application for planning permission in principle.

(4) A design statement is a written statement about the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development and which—

(a)explains the policy or approach adopted as to design and how any policies relating to design in the development plan have been taken into account;

(b)describes the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and demonstrates how the design of the development takes that context into account in relation to its proposed use; and

(c)states what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation.

(5) A design and access statement is a document containing both a design statement and written statement about how issues relating to access to the development for disabled people have been dealt with and which—

(a)explains the policy or approach adopted as to such access and, in particular, how—

(i)policies relating to such access in the development plan have been taken into account; and

(ii)any specific issues which might affect access to the development for disabled people have been addressed;

(b)describes how features which ensure access to the development for disabled people will be maintained; and

(c)states what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development for disabled people and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such consultation.

(6) In this regulation “conservation area” means an area for the time being designated under section 61 of the Listed Buildings Act(15) (designation of conservation areas).

Validation date

14.—(1) An application made under any of regulations 9 to 12 is to be taken to have been made on the date on which the last of the items or information required to be contained in or accompany the application in accordance with regulations 9, 10, 11 or 12 respectively is received by the planning authority.

(2) Where the planning authority has received an application for their determination that their approval is required as a condition of permission granted by a development order and the planning authority has determined that their approval is required, the date when the application is to be taken to have been made is the date when any details required under the development order and the appropriate fee were lodged with the planning authority or, where these events do not all occur on the same day, the date when the last of such events occurs.

(3) The date on which an application for any other approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission is to be taken to have been made is the date on which it is received by the planning authority.

Notices to owners and agricultural tenants under section 35 of the Act

15.—(1) The applicant is to give notice in the form set out in Schedule 1 to any person (other than the applicant) who at the beginning of the prescribed period is the owner of any land to which the application relates or an agricultural tenant.

(2) The applicant must issue a certificate—

(a)stating whether or not the land or part of the land to which the application relates constitutes or forms part of agricultural land; and

(b)stating, as appropriate—

(i)that at the beginning of the prescribed period no person (other than the applicant) was the owner of any of the land to which the application relates or an agricultural tenant;

(ii)that the applicant has given notice to every person (other than the applicant) who at the beginning of the prescribed period was the owner of any land to which the application relates or an agricultural tenant; or

(iii)that the applicant is unable to give notice to every such person.

(3) A certificate issued—

(a)under paragraph 2(b)(ii) or (iii) must set out the name of every person to whom notice was given and the address at and date on which such notice was given;

(b)under paragraph 2(b)(iii) must certify that the applicant has taken reasonable steps (specifying them) to ascertain the names and addresses of those persons to whom the applicant has been unable to give notice.

(4) In the case of a minerals application this regulation applies with the modifications that in paragraphs (1) and (2)(b) for “the owner” substitute “, to the applicant’s knowledge, the owner”.

(5) The applications prescribed for the purposes of paragraph (b) of the definition of “owner” in section 35(7) of the Act are minerals applications, and the minerals prescribed for the purposes of that paragraph are any minerals other than oil, gas, coal, gold or silver.

(6) In this regulation—

“agricultural land” has the meaning given to it by section 35(7) of the Act (notice etc. of applications to owners and agricultural tenants);

“agricultural tenant” means the tenant of agricultural land any part of which is comprised in the land to which an application relates; and

“prescribed period” means the period of 21 days ending with the date of the application.

PART 4Procedure by planning authority

Registers of applications

16.  The register of applications for planning permission, which every planning authority is required to keep under section 36(1) of the Act (registers of applications etc.), is to be kept in the manner specified in Schedule 2.

Acknowledgment of applications

17.—(1) When the planning authority are in receipt of an application made in accordance with and accompanied by the information and documents required by regulation 9, 10, 11 or 12, as the case may be, the planning authority must send to the applicant an acknowledgement thereof.

(2) The acknowledgement sent under paragraph (1) is to—

(a)include an explanation of the timescales within which the planning authority are to give notice to the applicant of their decision on the application; and

(b)inform the applicant of the right to appeal to the Scottish Ministers under section 47 of the Act or to require a review under section 43A(8) of the Act (local development schemes and delegation).

(3) Where the application is not made in accordance with and accompanied by the information and documents required by regulation 9, 10, 11 or 12, as the case may be, the planning authority must send to the applicant a notice identifying the information or documentation which the applicant still requires to submit in order to comply with such regulation.

Notification by the planning authority

18.—(1) Subject to regulation 19, a planning authority must give notice in accordance with this regulation that—

(a)an application for planning permission; or

(b)an application for approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission in principle,

has been made.

(2) Notice under paragraph (1) is to be given—

(a)where there are premises situated on the neighbouring land to which the notice can be sent to the owner, lessee or occupier of such premises, by sending a notice addressed to “the Owner, Lessee or Occupier” to such premises; and

(b)where there are no such premises, by publication of a notice in accordance with regulation 20.

(3) The notice to be given in accordance with paragraph (2)(a) must—

(a)state the date on which the notice is sent;

(b)state the name of the applicant and, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name and address of such agent;

(c)include the reference number given to the application by the planning authority;

(d)include a description of the development to which the application relates;

(e)include the postal address of the land to which the development relates, or if the land in question has no postal address, a description of the location of the land;

(f)state how the application, plans or drawings relating to it and other documents submitted in connection with it may be inspected;

(g)state that representations may be made to the planning authority and include information as to how any representations may be made and by which date they must be made (being a date not earlier than 21 days after the date on which the notice is sent);

(h)be accompanied by a plan showing the situation of the land to which the application relates in relation to neighbouring land;

(i)include a statement as to how information explaining the manner in which applications for planning permission are handled and the procedures which are followed in relation to such applications can be obtained; and

(j)where the development to which the application belongs is a class of development prescribed for the purposes of section 35A(1) of the Act, include a statement that notwithstanding that comments may have been made to the applicant prior to the application being made, persons wishing to make representations in respect of the application should do so to the planning authority in the manner indicated in the notice.

Notification of minerals applications

19.—(1) In the case of a minerals application the planning authority are to give notice of the application by affixing a notice to objects (not exceeding 5 in number) situated in the vicinity of the land to which the development relates.

(2) Notice under paragraph (1) must—

(a)be displayed so as to be easily visible to and legible by members of the public;

(b)be left in position for not less than 7 days;

(c)state that an application for planning permission has been made to the planning authority and give a brief description of the proposed development and its location;

(d)state how the application, plans or drawings relating to it and other documents submitted in connection with it may be inspected; and

(e)state that representations may be made to the planning authority and include information as to how any representations may be made and by which date they must be made (being a date not earlier than 14 days beginning with the date of the notice).

(3) The planning authority is not to be treated as having failed to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (1), if the notice is, without any fault or intention of the planning authority, removed, obscured or defaced before the period of 7 days has elapsed, if the planning authority have taken reasonable steps for its protection and, if need be, replacement.

Publication of application by the planning authority

20.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (3) to (5), in the circumstances specified in paragraph (2) the planning authority must publish a notice in the form set out in Schedule 4 in a newspaper circulating in the locality in which the neighbouring land is situated.

(2) The circumstances are—

(a)it is not possible for the planning authority to carry out notification in terms of regulation 18 because there are no premises situated on the neighbouring land to which the notification can be sent;

(b)the applicant has submitted with an application for planning permission under regulations 9, 10 or 11 a certificate issued under regulation 15(2)(b)(iii);

(c)the application is made under regulation 9, 10 or 11 and relates to development of one or more of the classes of development specified in Schedule 3, or

(d)the application is made under regulation 9, 10 or 11 and relates to development which does not accord with the provisions of the development plan.

(3) Paragraph (2)(a) does not apply where—

(a)all the neighbouring land referred to in that paragraph is owned by the planning authority or by the applicant; or

(b)the application relates to householder development.

(4) The planning authority are not required to publish a notice in accordance with paragraph (1) where a notice is required to be published by the planning authority in accordance with section 60(2)(a) (publicity for applications affecting setting of listed buildings) or 65(2)(a) (publicity for applications affecting conservation areas) of the Listed Buildings Act.

(5) Where any of paragraphs (2)(a) to (d) apply but notice has already been published with respect to the application under paragraph (1) the planning authority are not required to publish a further notice.

List of applications

21.—(1) The list of applications to be kept in accordance with section 36A of the Act (lists of applications) is to be kept in two sections.

(2) The first section must—

(a)in relation to applications for planning permission made to the planning authority, include the information specified in paragraph (4);

(b)in relation to applications referred to in regulation 12(1) made to the planning authority, include the information specified in paragraph (4) and also a description of the matter in respect of which the application is made; and

(c)in relation to applications made to the Scottish Ministers in respect of development in the district of the planning authority which have been notified to the planning authority—

(i)include the information specified in paragraph (4);

(ii)identify those applications as having been made to the Scottish Ministers under section 242A of the Act; and

(iii)include a statement that representations may be made to the Scottish Ministers and where any such representations should be sent.

(3) The second section must, in relation to proposal of application notices received by the planning authority, include the information specified in paragraph (4)(a), (b) and (d) and—

(a)details as to how the prospective applicant may be contacted;

(b)the earliest date on which an application for planning permission in respect of the development may be submitted to the planning authority; and

(c)where the planning authority give notice to the prospective applicant under section 35B(7) of the Act, specify any additional persons to whom a proposal of application notice is to be given and any additional consultation to be undertaken as regards the proposed development.

(4) The information is—

(a)the reference number given to the application by the planning authority, or as the case may be, the Scottish Ministers;

(b)the site location;

(c)the name of the applicant and, where an agent is acting for the applicant, the name and address of that agent;

(d)a description of the proposed development to which the application relates; and

(e)the date of expiry of the period mentioned in section 34(4)(a) of the Act (period within which application may not be determined).

(5) The list of applications is also to contain a statement as to how further information in respect of an application may be obtained from the planning authority.

Publication of list of applications

22.  The planning authority are to publish the list of applications kept in accordance with section 36A of the Act by means of the internet on their website and are to make the list of applications available for inspection at their principal office and at public libraries in their district.

Provision of information to community councils and within public libraries

23.—(1) The planning authority must send to every community council in their district at weekly intervals a list of—

(a)all applications made to the authority during the previous week made under any of regulations 9 to 12; and

(b)all applications made to the Scottish Ministers in respect of land within the district of the planning authority which were notified to the planning authority during the previous week,

containing the information set out in regulation 21(4) and a statement as to how further information in respect of an application may be obtained from the planning authority.

(2) The planning authority are to make the list sent to community councils under paragraph (1) available for inspection at their principal office and at public libraries in their district.

Further information

24.  A planning authority may require from the applicant further particulars, documents, materials or evidence which they consider that they require to enable them to deal with the application and, in respect of an application made under regulations 9 to 12, may do so in addition to the particulars, documents, materials or evidence which are to be included in or accompany an application in accordance with regulation 9, 10, 11 or 12, as the case may be.

Consultation by the planning authority

25.—(1) Before determining an application for planning permission the planning authority must consult in accordance with this regulation and Schedule 5 and any direction given under regulation 30.

(2) Where under this regulation and Schedule 5, a planning authority are required to consult with any authority, person or body as to any application, the planning authority—

(a)must give not less than 14 days’ notice to such authority, person or body that such application is to be taken into consideration; and

(b)must not determine the application until after the expiration of that period.

(3) Where—

(a)any authority, person or body with which a planning authority are required to consult under this regulation and Schedule 5 (except under paragraph 3 or 4 of Schedule 5) consider that consultation with them is not required in respect of any case or class of case or in respect of development within any area; and

(b)so inform the planning authority in writing,

the planning authority are not required to consult the authority, person or body in respect of any development coming within the case or class of case or within the area or areas specified.

Time periods for decision

26.—(1) Where a planning authority has received—

(a)an application made under any of regulations 9 to 12;

(b)an application for their determination that their approval is required as a condition of planning permission granted by a development order and the planning authority has determined that their approval is required; or

(c)an application for any other approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission,

the period within which the authority must give notice to an applicant of their decision or determination or referral of the application to the Scottish Ministers is the period mentioned in paragraph (2).

(2) The period is—

(a)in the case of an application for planning permission for development within the category of national developments or major developments, four months after the validation date; and

(b)in any other case, two months after the validation date.

(3) Paragraph (1)—

(a)does not apply where—

(i)the applicant and the planning authority agree an extended period for the purposes of section 47(2) of the Act (appeals against failure to take planning decision); or

(ii)the applicant and the appointed officer agree an extended period for the purposes of section 43A(8)(c) of the Act(16) (review where a failure to take planning decision).

(b)is subject to—

(i)paragraph (4);

(ii)section 34(4) of the Act; and

(iii)sections 60(3) and 65(3) of the Listed Buildings Act(17).

(4) An application made under any of regulations 9 to 12 is not to be determined until the date, or the latest date, of the expiry of the period allowed for the making of representations in respect of that application specified in notice—

(a)given in accordance with regulation 18 or 19; or

(b)published in accordance with regulation 20.

Pre-determination hearings

27.—(1) Before determining an application for planning permission for a development within the classes of development specified in paragraph (2), the planning authority are to give to the applicant and to persons who submit representations to the planning authority in respect of that application in accordance with these Regulations an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a committee of the authority.

(2) The classes of development prescribed for the purposes of section 38A(1) of the Act (pre-determination hearings) are developments within the categories of—

(a)national developments; and

(b)major developments which are significantly contrary to the development plan.

Decision notice

28.—(1) The planning authority must as regards an application mentioned in paragraph (2) within the period mentioned in regulation 26(2)—

(a)give to the applicant (or where an agent is acting for the applicant, that agent) notice (“a decision notice”) of their decision on the application; and

(b)inform every authority, person or body who made written representations in respect of the application (and provided an address) of their decision on the application and where a copy of the decision notice is available for inspection.

(2) The applications are—

(a)for planning permission; and

(b)for an approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission.

(3) A decision notice must, in addition to the matters required by section 43(1A)(a) of the Act (directions etc. as to method of dealing with applications)—

(a)in the case of an application made under regulation 9, 10 or 11 include—

(i)a description of the proposed development (including identification of the plans and drawings showing the proposed development) for which planning permission has been granted, or as the case may be, refused;

(ii)a description of the location of the proposed development including, where applicable, a postal address;

(iii)the reference number of the application;

(iv)a description of any variation made to the application in accordance with section 32A of the Act (variation of application);

(v)a statement as to the effect of section 58(1) (duration of planning permission) or 59(4) (planning permission in principal) of the Act, as the case may be, or where the planning authority have made a direction under section 58(2) or 59(5) of the Act, give details of that direction; and

(vi)if any obligation is to be entered into under section 75 of the Act (planning obligations) in connection with the application a statement as to where the terms of such obligation or a summary of such terms may be inspected; and

(b)in the case of an application under regulation 12 include—

(i)a description of the matter in respect of which approval, consent or agreement has been granted, or as the case may be, refused;

(ii)the reference number of the application; and

(iii)the reference number of the application for the planning permission in respect of which the condition in question was imposed.

(4) Where an application is refused or is granted subject to conditions the decision notice must—

(a)in a case where the application is determined by an appointed officer, be accompanied by—

(i)notification in terms of Form 1 set out in Schedule 6; and

(ii)a statement explaining how the applicant may obtain information on how to require a review of the case by the planning authority under section 43A(8) of the Act; or

(b)in other cases, be accompanied by—

(i)notification in terms of Form 2 set out in Schedule 6; and

(ii)a statement explaining how the applicant may obtain information on how to appeal to the Scottish Ministers under section 47 of the Act.

(5) Where representations in respect of the application are made by three or more persons in the same document, it is sufficient for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b) that the planning authority notify—

(a)only the person who sent that document to the planning authority, where it is possible for the planning authority to identify that person; or

(b)where it is not possible to do so, only the first named person on the document for whom an address is provided.

Schemes of delegation

29.—(1) Where an application is determined by an appointed officer, references to the planning authority in the provisions specified in paragraph (2) are to be treated as references to that appointed officer.

(2) The provisions are—

(a)regulations 24 to 26;

(b)regulation 28;

(c)regulation 30 to 35;

(d)regulation 39;

(e)paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 2; and

(f)Schedule 5.

PART 5Directions

Directions requiring consultation

30.  The Scottish Ministers may by a direction given under this regulation require a planning authority to consult with such authorities, persons or bodies as are specified in the direction before granting or refusing an application for planning permission in any case or class of case specified in the direction.

Directions requiring information

31.  The Scottish Ministers may by a direction given under this regulation require a planning authority to give to the Scottish Ministers and to such other persons as may be prescribed in the direction such information as may be so prescribed with respect to applications for planning permission made to the authority, including information as to the manner in which any such application has been dealt with.

Directions restricting the grant of planning permission

32.  The Scottish Ministers may by a direction given under this regulation restrict the grant of planning permission by a planning authority, either indefinitely or during such period as may be specified in the direction, in respect of any development or any class of development, as may be so specified.

Directions requiring consideration of condition

33.  The Scottish Ministers may by a direction given under this regulation require a planning authority, in respect of any such development, or in respect of development of any such class, as may be specified in the direction—

(a)to consider, where the planning authority are minded to grant planning permission, imposing a condition specified in, or of a nature indicated in, the directions; and

(b)(unless the direction is withdrawn) not to grant planning permission without first satisfying the Scottish Ministers that such consideration has been given and that such a condition either will be imposed or need not be imposed.

Provisions supplementary to regulations 30 to 33

34.  A planning authority must give effect to any direction given under regulation 30, 31, 32 or 33.

Notice of reference of applications to the Scottish Ministers

35.  On referring any application to the Scottish Ministers following a direction under section 46 of the Act (call-in of applications by Scottish Ministers), a planning authority are to serve on the applicant notice—

(a)of the terms of the direction;

(b)of any reasons given by the Scottish Ministers for requiring the application to be referred to them;

(c)that the application has been referred to the Scottish Ministers; and

(d)that the decision of the Scottish Ministers on the application will be final.

PART 6Particular cases

Application relating to marine fish farming

36.—(1) The provisions of these Regulations (other than regulations 10, 18 and 41) apply to an application for planning permission relating to marine fish farm development subject to the following modifications.

(2) Regulation 7(2)(b) applies as if the reference to “the locality in which the proposed development is situated” were a reference to “the district of the planning authority for the marine planning zone in which the marine fish farm development is proposed”;

(3) Regulation 9 applies as if—

(a)for paragraph 2(b) there were substituted—

(b)a description of the location of the development;;

(b)for paragraph (3)(a) there were substituted—

(a)a plan sufficient to identify the location of the development;; and

(c)paragraph (3)(c) were omitted.

(4) Regulation 13 applies as if for paragraphs (1) and (2) there were substituted—

(1) Subject to paragraph (3), an application for planning permission for marine fish farm development belonging to the category of major developments must be accompanied by a design statement.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), an application for planning permission for marine fish farm development belonging to the category of local developments where that development is situated within—

(a)a World Heritage Site;

(b)a National Scenic Area; or

(c)the site of a scheduled monument,

must be accompanied by a design statement other than where the development in question comprises the alteration or extension of an existing marine fish farm..

(5) Regulation 20 applies as if—

(a)for paragraph (1) there were substituted—

(1) The planning authority must publish a notice in the form set out in Schedule 4 in a newspaper circulating in the district of that planning authority.; and

(b)paragraphs (2) to (5) were omitted.

(6) Schedule 2 applies as if for paragraph 2(c) there were substituted—

(c)a description of the location of the development;.

(7) Paragraph 6 of Schedule 5 applies as if for “within whose area the development is to take place” there were substituted, “whose area is adjacent to the marine planning zone in which the marine fish farm development is proposed”.

(8) Where an application for planning permission relates in part to marine fish farm development and in part to other development, the modifications specified in this regulation apply only for the purposes of that application to the extent that it relates to marine fish farm development.

Cairngorms National Park

37.—(1) For the purposes of regulation 26(2) the validation date in a case where the Cairngorms National Park Authority has issued a direction in exercise of its powers under article 7(3) of the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003(18) is to be taken as the date on which that direction was issued.

(2) Where an application is made under any of regulations 9 to 12 in respect of development situated in the area of that Authority, the planning authority must within the period of five days beginning with the validation date, give notice of the application to that Authority.

(3) Where it appears to the planning authority that development is likely to affect land in the area of that Authority the planning authority must before determining an application for planning permission consult with that Authority.

Applications – national security

38.  The validity of an application made under any of regulations 9 to 12 is not affected by failure to disclose information as to—

(a)national security; and

(b)the measures taken or to be taken to ensure the security of any premises or property,

where the application is accompanied by a written statement from the applicant that, in the opinion of the applicant, the information relates to the matters mentioned in (a) or (b) above, and that public disclosure of that information would be contrary to the national interest.

Development which does not accord with the development plan

39.  A planning authority may grant planning permission for development which does not accord with the provisions of the development plan provided that if any notice is required to be published in accordance with regulation 20 that notice has been so published.

PART 7Notification and display

Notification of initiation of development

40.  The notice to be given in accordance with section 27A(1) of the Act(19) (notification of initiation of development) by a person intending to carry out development must—

(a)include the full name and address of the person intending to carry out the development;

(b)state if that person is the owner of the land to which the development relates and if that person is not the owner provide the full name and address of the owner;

(c)where a person is, or is to be, appointed to oversee the carrying out of the development on site, include the name of that person and details of how that person may be contacted; and

(d)include the date of issue and reference number of the notice of the decision to grant planning permission for such development.

Display notices

41.—(1) The prescribed classes of development for the purposes of section 27C(1)(20) of the Act (display of notice while development is carried out) are—

(a)development belonging to the categories of national developments and major developments; and

(b)development of a class specified in Schedule 3.

(2) A notice displayed in accordance with section 27C(1) of the Act—

(a)is to be in the form set out in the Schedule 7 and completed in accordance with the notes to that Schedule; and

(b)must be—

(i)displayed in a prominent place at or in the vicinity of the site of the development;

(ii)readily visible to the public; and

(iii)printed on durable material.

PART 8Certificates of lawful use or development

Application for certificate of lawful use or development

42.  An application for a certificate under section 150(1) or 151(1) of the Act must be in writing and must, in addition to specifying the land and describing the use, operations or other matter in question in accordance with those sections, include the following information—

(a)the paragraph of section 150(1) or, as the case may be, section 151(1) of the Act, under which the application is made;

(b)in the case of an application under section 150(1) of the Act, the date on which the use, operations or other matter began or, in the case of operations carried out without planning permission, the date on which the operations were substantially completed;

(c)in the case of an application under section 150(1)(a) of the Act, the name of any use class specified in an order under section 26(2)(f) of the Act which the applicant considers applicable to the existing use;

(d)in the case of an application under section 150(1)(c) of the Act, sufficient details of the relevant planning permission to enable it to be identified;

(e)in the case of an application under section 151(1)(a) of the Act, the use of the land at the date of the application (or, when the land is not in use at that date, the purpose for which it was last used) and the name of any use class specified in an order under section 26(2)(f) of the Act which the applicant considers applicable to the proposed use;

(f)the applicant’s reasons, if any, for regarding the use, operations or other matter described in the application as lawful; and

(g)such other information as the applicant considers to be relevant to the application.

Documentation accompanying applications

43.—(1) An application to which regulation 42 applies must be accompanied by—

(a)a plan identifying the land to which the application relates;

(b)such evidence verifying the information included in the application as the applicant can provide; and

(c)a statement setting out the applicant’s interest in the land, the name and address of any other person known to the applicant to have an interest in the land and whether any such other person has been notified of the application.

(2) Where such an application specifies two or more uses, operations or other matters, the plan which accompanies the application is to indicate to which part of the land each such use, operation or matter relates.

Procedure on receipt of application

44.—(1) When a planning authority receive an application to which regulation 42 applies and any fee required to be paid in respect of the application, they must, as soon as reasonably practicable, send to the applicant an acknowledgement of the application.

(2) Where, after sending an acknowledgement as required by paragraph (1), the planning authority consider that the application is invalid by reason of the failure to comply with regulations 42 and 43 or any other statutory requirement, they must, as soon as practicable, notify the applicant that the application is invalid.

(3) The planning authority may by notice in writing require the applicant to provide such further information as may be specified to enable them to deal with the application.

(4) The planning authority must give the applicant written notice of their decision within a period of 2 months beginning with the date of receipt by the authority of—

(a)the application; or

(b)if later, any fee required to be paid in respect of the application.

(5) Where an application is refused in whole or in part (including a case in which the authority modify the description of the use, operations or other matter in the application or substitute an alternative description for that description), the notice of decision must be in writing and must—

(a)state the authority’s reasons for their decision; and

(b)include a statement to the effect that the applicant may appeal to the Scottish Ministers under section 154 of the Act (appeals).

(6) A certificate under section 150 or 151 of the Act is to be in the form set out in Schedule 8.

(7) Regulation 31 applies to applications for a certificate to which regulation 42 applies as it applies to applications for planning permission.

Applications for certificate of lawful use or development - national security

45.  The validity of an application for a certificate of lawful use or development is not affected by failure to disclose information as to—

(a)national security; and

(b)the measures taken or to be taken to ensure the security of any premises or property,

where the application is accompanied by a written statement from the applicant that, in the opinion of the applicant, the information relates to the matters mentioned in (a) or (b) above, and that public disclosure of that information would be contrary to the national interest.

Revocations of certificate of lawful use or development

46.—(1) Where a planning authority propose to revoke a certificate issued under section 150 or 151 of the Act in accordance with section 152(7) of the Act (certificates under sections 150 and 151: supplementary provisions), they must, before they revoke the certificate, give notice of that proposal to—

(a)the owner of the land affected;

(b)the occupier of the land affected;

(c)any other person who will in their opinion be affected by the revocation; and

(d)in the case of a certificate issued by the Scottish Ministers under section 154 of the Act, the Scottish Ministers.

(2) A notice issued under paragraph (1) is to invite the person on whom the notice is served to make representations on the proposal to the authority within 14 days of service of the notice and the authority must not revoke the certificate until all such periods allowed for making representations have expired.

(3) An authority must give written notice of any revocation under section 152(7) of the Act to every person on whom notice of the proposed revocation was served under paragraph (1).

PART 9General

Electronic communications

47.—(1) Where the criteria in paragraph (2) are met, any document required or authorised to be sent by these Regulations may be sent by electronic communications and any requirement in these Regulations that any document is to be in writing is fulfilled.

(2) The criteria are—

(a)the recipient consents, or is deemed to have agreed under paragraph (3), to receive it electronically; and

(b)that document transmitted by the electronic communication is—

(i)capable of being accessed by the recipient;

(ii)legible in all material respects; and

(iii)sufficiently permanent to be used for subsequent reference.

(3) Any person sending a document using electronic communications is to be taken to have agreed—

(a)to the use of such communications for all purposes relating to the application which are capable of being carried out electronically; and

(b)that the address for the purpose of such communications is the address incorporated into, or otherwise logically associated with, that communication.

(4) Deemed agreement under paragraph (3) subsists until that person gives notice to revoke the agreement.

(5) Notice of withdrawal of consent to the use of electronic communications or of revocation of agreement under paragraph (4) takes effect on a date specified by the person in the notice, but not less than seven days after the date on which the notice is given.

(6) In this regulation—

“address” includes any number or address used for the purpose of such communications or storage;

“document” includes any notice, consent, decision, representation, statement, list, report, form, plan, certificate or other information or communication; and

“electronic communication” has the meaning given in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000(21) (general interpretation);

“legible in all material respects” means that the information contained in the document is available to the recipient to no lesser extent than it would be if sent or given by means of a document in printed form; and

“sent” includes served, submitted or given and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly.

Service of notices

48.  Section 271 of the Act (services of notices) applies to notices or other documents required or authorised to be served or given under these Regulations on the owners or occupiers of land as it applies to notices or other documents required or authorised to be served or given under the Act.

PART 10Transitional provisions, revocations and savings

Transitional provisions

49.—(1) The provisions specified in paragraph (2) apply with the modifications specified in paragraph (3) to—

(a)applications for planning permission;

(b)applications for approval, consent or agreement required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission; and

(c)applications for approval of reserved matters in connection with the grant of outline planning permission,

made before 3rd August 2009 but in respect of which no notice of the decision of the planning authority was given to the applicant before 3rd August 2009.

(2) The provisions are—

(a)regulation 16;

(b)regulations 26 to 28; and

(c)Schedule 2.

(3) In regulation 26—

(a)in paragraph (2)(a) and (b) for “validation date” substitute “the date of receipt of the application”; and

(b)omit paragraph (4).

(4) The following provisions of these Regulations apply only in relation to applications for planning permission made on or after the date on which these Regulations come into force—

(a)regulation 9(3)(c) and (h);

(b)regulation 10(3)(b) and (f);

(c)regulation 20(3); and

(d)paragraph 9(a) of Schedule 5.

(5) Regulation 11 applies only to applications for planning permission made on or after 2nd February 2013 and regulation 11 of the 2008 Regulations has effect as it did immediately before that date in relation to an application for planning permission made before that date.

(6) References in regulations 26 and 28 and in Schedule 2 to applications made under regulations 9 to 12 of these Regulations are in the case of an application mentioned in paragraph (1) to be treated for the purposes of the application of those provisions as references to an application made under articles 3, 4, 5 or 6, as the case may be, of the 1992 Order.

(7) For the purposes of the interpretation of these Regulations in relation to their application to an application made under any of regulations 9 to 12 of the 2008 Regulations before 30th June 2013 “neighbouring land” is to have the meaning given in the 2008 Regulations as they had effect immediately before that date.

(8) For the purposes of the interpretation of regulation 13(3)(b)(ii) in relation to an application for planning permission made before 30th June 2013 “householder development” it to be taken to mean development which consists of—

(a)the development of an existing dwellinghouse; or

(b)development within the curtilage of such a dwellinghouse for any purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse as such.

(9) Paragraph 5(5) of Schedule 5 applies only in relation to applications for planning permission made on or after 1st August 2012 and for the purposes of the interpretation of that paragraph in relation to an application for planning permission made on or after that date but before 30th June 2013 “householder development” it to be taken to mean development which consists of—

(a)the alteration or extension of an existing building; or

(b)development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse.

(10) In this Part—

“the 1992 Order” means Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Order 1992(22);

“the 2008 Regulations” mean the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008(23); and

“reserved matters” and “outline planning permission” have the same meaning as in section 59 of the Act as it applied immediately before section 21 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (planning permission in principle) came into force.

Applications for approval of reserved matters made on or after 3rd August 2009

50.  An application for approval of reserved matters made on or after 3rd August 2009 in respect of the grant of outline planning permission before that date is to be treated for the purposes of these Regulations as an application for approval required by a condition imposed on the grant of planning permission in principle.

Revocations and savings

51.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) to (4) and regulation 49, the provisions specified in column 1 of the Table in Schedule 9 are revoked to the extent specified in Column 3 of that Table.

(2) The provisions of regulation 47(2) to (4A) of the 2008 Regulations shall continue to have effect as they did immediately before 30th June 2013 in respect of any application for planning permission, for approval of reserved matters, for an approval under a development order, or for a certificate of lawful use or development made before 3rd August 2009.

(3) Parts 1 and 2 and Schedules 2 and 4 to the 1992 Order shall continue to apply as they did immediately before 3rd August 2009 for the purposes of paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 9 and paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 10 to the Act.

(4) Any directions in force immediately before the coming into force of these Regulations by virtue of the Town and Country Planning (General Development) (Scotland) Orders 1950 to 1970(24), the Town and Country Planning (General Development) (Scotland) Order 1975(25), the Town and Country Planning (General Development) (Scotland) Order 1981(26), the 1992 Order(27) and the 2008 Regulations continue in force and have effect as if given under the corresponding provisions of these Regulations.

DEREK MACKAY

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

21st May 2013

Regulation 15(1)

SCHEDULE 1Notices under regulation 15

Regulation 16

SCHEDULE 2Registers under section 36(1)

Register of applications for planning permission

1.  The register of applications for planning permission which every planning authority are required to keep under section 36(1) of the Act(28) (registers of applications) is to be kept in two parts.

2.  Part I of the register is, in respect of every application made under regulations 9 to 12 and not finally disposed of, to contain—

(a)a description of the development to which the application relates;

(b)the name of the applicant and the address at which the applicant or, where an agent is acting on behalf of the applicant, the name of that agent and the address at which such agent may be contacted;

(c)the postal address of the land to which the development relates, or if the land in question has no postal address, a description of the location of such land;

(d)copies of—

(i)plans and drawings;

(ii)any design statement or design and access statement; and

(iii)any pre-application consultation report,

submitted in respect of the application; and

(e)particulars of any direction given under the Act or these Regulations in respect of the application;

3.  Part II of the register of applications for planning permission is to contain—

(a)in respect of all applications made under regulations 9 to 12 determined by the planning authority (other than following a review of the case by virtue of section 43A(8) of the Act)—

(i)a copy of the decision notice; and

(ii)copies of any plans considered by the planning authority in determining the application;

(b)a copy of any environmental statement submitted with respect to the application;

(c)in respect of all applications made under regulations 9 to 11 determined by the planning authority (other than following a review of the case by virtue of section 43A(8)) of the Act, a Report containing the information mentioned in paragraph 4 of this Schedule;

(d)a copy of the decision of the Scottish Ministers in respect of an application, on appeal under section 47 of the Act or on a reference under section 46 of the Act;

(e)a copy of the decision notice of the planning authority as to the manner in which a review of the case under section 43A of the Act has been dealt with and copies of any plans considered by the planning authority in determining the review; and

(f)where an application is deemed to be refused under regulation 9(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011(29) a statement to that effect including the date on which the application is deemed to be refused.

4.  The information to be contained in the Report is—

(a)a statement of the number of representations made in respect of the application and a summary of the main issues raised by such representations;

(b)details of the authorities and persons consulted by the planning authority in respect of the application and a summary of the responses made by such authorities or persons;

(c)where in respect of the proposed development—

(i)an environmental statement was submitted;

(ii)an appropriate assessment under the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994(30) was carried out;

(iii)a design statement or a design and access statement was submitted; or

(iv)any report on the impact or potential impact of the proposed development (for example the retail impact, transport impact, noise impact or risk of flooding) which was submitted in connection with the application,

a summary of the main issues raised by such statement, assessment or report;

(d)a summary of the terms of any planning obligation entered into under section 75 of the Act in relation to the grant of planning permission for the proposed development;

(e)where a direction has been made by the Scottish Ministers under regulation 30, 31, 32 or 33, or under regulation 5(11) or 45 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011(31), details of such direction in respect of that decision; and

(f)details of the provisions of the development plan and any other material considerations (in addition to any to be included in the Report under above paragraphs) to which the planning authority had regard in determining the application.

Certificates of lawful use or development

5.  The register kept by the planning authority must also contain the following information in respect of every application for a certificate under section 150 or 151 of the Act submitted to the authority—

(a)the name and address of the applicant;

(b)the date of the application;

(c)the address or location of the land to which the application relates;

(d)the description of the use, operations or other matter included in the application;

(e)the decision (if any) of the planning authority in respect of the application and the date of such decision; and

(f)the reference number, date and effect of any decision of the Scottish Ministers on an appeal in respect of the application.

Provisions applicable to registers generally

6.—(1) Every register must include an index, which must be in the form of a map.

(2) The register for their district is to be kept at the office of the planning authority.

7.  Where the register kept by a planning authority under this Schedule is kept using electronic storage, the authority may make the register available for inspection by the public on a website maintained by the authority for that purpose.

Regulations 20(2)(c) and 41(1)(b)

SCHEDULE 3Classes of development - regulations 20(2)(c) and 41(1)(b)

The following are the classes of development specified for the purposes of regulations 20(2)(c) and 41(1)(b)—

(1) the construction or installation of buildings for use as a public convenience;

(2) the construction of buildings or other operations, or use of land—

(a)for the disposal of refuse or waste materials or for the storage or recovery of reusable metal;

(b)for the retention, treatment or disposal of sewage, trade‑waste, or effluent other than—

(i)the construction of pumphouses in a line of sewers;

(ii)the construction of septic tanks and cesspools serving single dwellinghouses, single caravans or single buildings in which not more than 10 people will normally reside, work or congregate;

(iii)the laying of sewers; or

(iv)works ancillary to those described in sub‑paragraphs (i) to (iii);

(c)as a scrap yard or coal yard; or

(d)for the winning or working of minerals, including management of extractive waste.

(3) the construction of buildings or use of land or buildings for the purpose of slaughtering animals (including fish and poultry) or the processing of animal carcasses for final disposal or as part of the production of other goods;

(4) the construction or use of buildings for any of the following purposes—

(a)building for indoor games

(b)cinema

(c)dancing

(d)fun fair

(e)gymnasium (not forming part of a school, college or university)

(f)hot food shop

(g)licensed premises

(h)music hall

(i)skating rink

(j)swimming pool or

(k)theatre;

(5) the construction of buildings for or the use of buildings or land as—

(a)a crematorium or a cemetery;

(b)a zoo or wildlife park or for the business of boarding or breeding animals;

(6) the construction of buildings and use of buildings or land for motor racing;

(7) the construction of a building to a height exceeding 20 metres;

(8) the construction of buildings, operations and use of buildings or land which will—

(a)affect residential property by reason of fumes, noise, vibration, smoke, artificial lighting, or discharge of any solid or liquid substance;

(b)alter the character of an area of established amenity;

(c)bring crowds into a generally quiet area;

(d)cause activity and noise between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am; or

(e)introduce significant change into a homogeneous area.

Regulation 20(1)

SCHEDULE 4Notice for publication in newspaper

Regulation 25

SCHEDULE 5Consultation by the planning authority

Subject to regulation 25, the planning authority must before determining an application for planning permission for development consult a person, authority or body mentioned in a paragraph below in the circumstances specified in that paragraph.

1.  SEPA

(1) where the development is likely to result in a material increase in the number of buildings at risk of being damaged by flooding; or

(2) where the development consists of or includes—

(a)fish farming;

(b)mining operations;

(c)the carrying out of building or other operations or use of land for the purposes of providing or storing mineral oils and their derivatives;

(d)the carrying out of building or other operations (other than the laying of sewers, the construction of pump‑houses in a line of sewers, the construction of septic tanks and cesspools serving single dwellinghouses, single caravans or single buildings in which not more than 10 people will normally reside, work or congregate, and works ancillary thereto) or use of land for the retention, treatment or disposal of sewage, trade‑waste, or effluent;

(e)the carrying out of works or operations in the bed or on the banks of a river or stream;

(f)the use of land as a cemetery; or

(g)the use of land for the deposit of any kind of refuse or waste, including slurry or sludge.

2.  Scottish Natural Heritage where—

(a)the development may affect a site of special scientific interest; or

(b)the development consists of or includes the winning and working of peat other than for the domestic requirements of the applicant.

3.  The Health and Safety Executive where the development is within an area which has been notified to the planning authority by the Health and Safety Executive for the purpose of this provision because of the presence within the vicinity of toxic, highly reactive, explosive or inflammable substances and which involves the provision of—

(a)residential accommodation;

(b)more than 250 square metres of retail floor space;

(c)more than 500 square metres of office floor space; or

(d)more than 750 square metres of floor space to be used for an industrial process,

or which is otherwise likely to result in a material increase in the number of persons working within or visiting the notified area.

4.  Scottish Natural Heritage, the Health and Safety Executive and SEPA where the development—

(a)involves the siting of new establishments;

(b)consists of modifications to existing establishments which could have significant repercussions on major accident hazards; or

(c)includes transport links, locations frequented by the public and residential areas in the vicinity of existing establishments, where the siting of development is such as to increase the risk or consequences of a major accident.

5.  The Scottish Ministers, in the case of—

(1) development of land within 67 metres of the middle of, or development comprising the formation, laying out or alteration of any means of access to—

(a)a trunk road;

(b)a proposed trunk road or a proposed special road, being a road the route of which is shown as such in the development plan, or in respect of which the Scottish Ministers have given notice in writing to the planning authority of their proposal, together with the maps or plans sufficient to identify the proposed route of the road;

(c)any road which is comprised in the route of a special road to be provided by the Scottish Ministers in accordance with a scheme under section 7 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 relating to special roads, and which has not for the time being been transferred to them; or

(d)any road which has been or is to be provided by the Scottish Ministers in pursuance of an Order under the provisions of that Act relating to trunk roads and special roads and has not for the time being been transferred to any roads authority;

(2) development likely to result in a material increase in the volume or a material change in the character of traffic entering or leaving a trunk road;

(3) development of land which is situated within 800 metres from any Royal Palace or Park, and might affect the amenities of that Palace or Park;

(4) development which may affect—

(a)a historic garden or designed landscape;

(b)the site of a scheduled monument or its setting; or

(c)a category A listed building or its setting;

(5) development (other than householder development) which may affect a historic battlefield.

(6) development which consists of or includes the winning and working of peat other than for the domestic requirements of the applicant; or

(7) marine fish farm development.

6.  The community council, if any, within whose area the development is to take place where—

(a)the community council, within 7 days (excluding Saturday and Sunday, December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 2nd) of the date on which the planning authority sent to that community council in accordance with regulation 23(1) the list which includes information about the application for such development, informs the planning authority that it wishes to be consulted; or

(b)the development is likely to affect the amenity in the area of the community council.

7.  The Coal Authority where the development consists of—

(a)the erection of a building, other than an alteration, extension or re‑erection of an existing building or the erection of a building of a temporary character; or

(b)the provision of a pipeline,

in an area of coal working or former or proposed coal working notified by the Coal Authority to the planning authority.

8.  Any adjoining planning authority, where the development is likely to affect land in the district of that authority.

9.  Network Rail Infrastructure Limited or any other railway undertakers likely to be affected where—

(a)some part of the development is to be situated within 10 metres of a railway line forming part of the national railway network; or

(b)the development is likely to result in a material increase in the volume or a material change in the character of traffic using a level crossing over a railway.

10.  The roads authority concerned, where the development involves—

(a)the formation, laying out or alteration of any means of access to, or is likely to create or attract traffic which will result in a material increase in the volume of traffic entering or leaving, a road (other than a trunk road) for which the planning authority are not also the roads authority; or

(b)the formation, laying out or alteration of any means of access to land affording access to a toll road.

11.  The Theatres Trust where the development involves any land on which there is a theatre as defined in the Theatres Trust Act 1976(32).

12.  Scottish Water where the development is likely to require a material addition to or a material change in the services provided by that authority.

13.  A district salmon fishery board where the development consists of fish farming.

14.  The Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State where marine fish farm development may affect a site designated as a controlled site under section 1 of the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986(33).

15.  The Crofting Commission where the development may have an adverse effect on the continued use of land for crofting.

16.  sportscotland where the development is likely to—

(a)result in the loss of an outdoor sports facility;

(b)prejudice the use of an existing outdoor sports facility for that purpose; or

(c)prevent the use of land, which was last used as an outdoor sports facility, from being used again for that purpose.

Interpretation of Schedule 5

In this Schedule—

(1) “district salmon fishery board” has the meaning assigned to it by section 40 of the Salmon Act 1986(34);

“historic battlefield” means a battlefield which is included in the inventory of battlefields compiled and maintained under section 32B of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(35); and

“outdoor sports facility” means land used as—

(a)

an outdoor playing field extending to not less than 0.2ha used for any sport played on a pitch;

(b)

an outdoor athletics track;

(c)

a golf course;

(d)

an outdoor tennis court, other than those within a private dwelling, hotel or other tourist accommodation; and

(e)

an outdoor bowling green.

“roads authority” has the same meaning as in section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984(36);

“SEPA” means the Scottish Environment Protection Agency established under section 20 of the Environment Act 1995(37);

“site of special scientific interest” has the same meaning as in section 58(1) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004(38).

“slurry” means animal faeces and urine (whether or not water has been added);

“special road” means a road provided or to be provided in accordance with a scheme under section 7 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984;

“sportscotland” means the Scottish Sports Council;

“toll order” has the same meaning as in Part II of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991(39);

“toll road” means a road which is the subject of a toll order;

“trunk road” means a road or proposed road which is a trunk road within the meaning of section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 that is to say, a road which is a trunk road by virtue of section 5 of that Act or of an Order or direction under that section or section 202 of the Act; and

(2) expressions which are used in paragraph 4 and in Council Directive 96/82/EC of the European Council(40) on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances have the same meaning in that paragraph as in that Directive.

Regulation 28(4)

SCHEDULE 6Notice to accompany refusal etc.

FORM 1

FORM 2

Regulation 41(2)

SCHEDULE 7Form of notice to be displayed while development in progress

Regulation 44(6)

SCHEDULE 8Certificate of lawful use or development

Regulation 51

SCHEDULE 9Revocations

Column (1)

Provisions revoked

Column (2)

References

Column (3)

Extent of Revocations

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008S.S.I. 2008/432The whole Regulations
The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009S.S.I. 2009/220Regulation 7
The National Scenic Areas (Consequential Modifications) (Scotland) Order 2010S.S.I. 2010/460Article 13
The Management of Extractive Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2010S.S.I. 2010/60Regulation 3(3)
The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2011S.S.I. 2011/138Regulation 2
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011S.S.I. 2011/139Regulation 48
The Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2011S.S.I. 2011/377Article 9
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012S.S.I. 2012/165The whole Regulations
The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2012S.S.I. 2012/325The whole Regulations

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations make provision for the manner in which applications for planning permission, for approvals required by a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission in principle and for certificates of lawful use and development under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (“the Act”) are to be made. These Regulations apply to all applications made on or after 3rd August 2009. The also apply to the limited extent provided for in Part 10 in respect of applications made before that date but not determined by that date.

Part 2 of the Regulations relates to the requirements for pre‑application consultation under sections 35A and 35B of the Act introduced into the Act by section 11 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”) on 6th April 2009. Regulation 4 prescribes the classes of development for which pre‑application consultation is required, these are the categories of national and major developments. National developments are developments designated as such in the National Planning Framework under section 3A(4) of the Act. Major developments are the class of development to be prescribed in Regulations made under section 26A of the Act. Regulations 5 and 6 make provision regarding the content of notices under sections 35A(3) and the proposal of application notice required under section 35B(2). Regulation 7 sets out the prescribed manner of consultation which an applicant will have as a minimum to undertake. This requires the holding of a public event and publication of the proposed development in a local newspaper.

Part 3 of the Regulations sets out how applications for planning permission and for approvals required by conditions are to be made. Regulation 9 specifies the information that an application must contain in respect of an application for full planning permission and also requires the application to be accompanied by certain documents or information. Regulation 10 makes equivalent provision in relation to applications for planning permission in principle and regulation 12 does so for applications for approvals required by a condition. Regulation 11 applies the requirements of regulations 9 and 10 in a modified form where the application is made either for the same development or an application under section 42 of the Act (applications to develop without compliance with previous conditions).

Regulation 13 makes provision as to when a design or a design and access statement must accompany an application and describes what such a statement is to comprise.

Regulation 14 defines what is known as the “validation date”. This is the date on which the last of the items required to be contained in or accompany an application is received by the planning authority. It is the date from which the time period set for determination of the application by the authority start to run.

Regulation 15 provides for notification to owners and agricultural tenants under section 35 of the Act and also for related certificates that such notification has or cannot be carried out.

Part 4 of the Regulations makes provision as to how a planning authority is to deal with an application and related matters. Regulation 16 and Schedule 2 set out how the planning authority are to keep a register of information relating to planning applications as required by section 36 of the Act. The planning authority are required to acknowledge an application in accordance with regulation 17. In terms of regulation 18 the planning authority are to give notice of the application to neighbours. Neighbouring land is defined in regulation 3. Regulation 19 provides for notification of minerals applications.

The planning authority are required by regulation 20 to publish a notice in the form set out in Schedule 4 in certain circumstances specified in regulation 20(2). These include the case where it is not possible for the authority to given notice to neighbours under regulation 18 because there are no premises on the neighbouring land.

Regulation 21 and 22 relate to the requirement to keep a list of applications under section 36A of the Act introduced by section 13 of the 2006 Act. Regulation 21 requires the list to be kept in two sections and details the information to be contained in each section. Regulation 22 sets out how the planning authority are to publish the list. Regulation 23 requires the planning authority to send to community councils a weekly list of applications received.

Regulation 24 makes it clear that a planning authority are entitled to require further information to assist them to determine the application. Regulation 25 and Schedule 5 require the planning authority to undertake consultation with certain bodies or authorities in the circumstances described in that Schedule.

Regulation 26 sets out the time periods within which a planning authority must give notice to the applicant of their decision on the application. The period is generally 2 months but for applications for major and national developments it is 4 months. Paragraph (4) conversely prescribes that a planning authority are not to determine an application before the expiry of a period allowed for the making of representations.

Regulation 27 prescribes the classes of development in respect of applications for which a planning authority must hold a hearing before reaching a decision and provides who is to be given an opportunity to appear before the committee conducting the hearing.

Regulation 28 makes provision regarding the content of the planning authorities notice setting out their decision on the application and also as how notice of the decision is to be given to the applicant and to other parties. Where the decision is to refuse an application or grant it subject to conditions the notice must be accompanied by a notification of the rights of the appeal or review set out in Schedule 6.

In terms of section 43A(1) of the Act a planning authority is to prepare a scheme of delegation under which certain applications are to be determined by a person appointed by the planning authority. Regulation 29 applies to the appointed person provisions of the Regulations which relate to the manner in which a decision is reached and notified.

Part 5 includes provisions relating to direction making powers available to the Scottish Ministers. Regulation 30 confers on the Scottish Ministers power to make directions requiring planning authorities to consult with specified bodies before determining an application. The Scottish Ministers are also empowered to make directions requiring a planning authority to provide information and restricting the grant of planning permission (regulations 31 and 32), requiring the planning authority to consider the imposition of a condition (regulation 33). In addition regulation 35 requires a planning authority to give notice to applicants of directions made by the Scottish Ministers calling in applications for their determination under section 46 of the Act.

Part 6 of the Regulations apply the Regulations with certain modifications to applications for planning permission relation to marine fish farming and makes special provision in relation to the Cairngorms National Park (regulation 37), national security (regulation 38) and development which does not accord with the development plan (regulation 39).

Part 7 of the Regulations set out what information must be included in a notice of intention to carry out development under section 27A(1) of the Act (regulation 40) and also prescribes the classes of development and form of notice for the purposes of section 27C of the Act (regulation 41). This section requires notices to be displayed while development is being carried out.

Part 8 makes provision in relation to applications for certificates of lawful use or development under section 150 or 151 of the Act. Regulation 42 prescribes the information which an application must contain. Regulation 43 sets out what items must accompany an application. Regulation 44 makes provision for procedure including the period within which an application is to be determined and regulation 45 make provision regarding information relating to national security. Under regulation 46 a planning authority are required to give notice of a proposal to revoke a certificate.

Part 9 of the Regulations make provision for the use of electronic communications and the service of notices.

Part 10 revokes the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (“the 2008 Regulations”) and makes transitional and saving provisions. Regulation 49 applies certain provision of the Regulations to applications made before 3rd August 2009 (the date on which the 2008 Regulations came into force) but which were not determined by that date. In particular the requirements as to time periods for decision, pre‑determination hearings and decision notices apply to these cases. Regulation 50 provides that if an application for reserved matters is made after 3rd August 2009 in respect of outline planning permission then it is to be treated as an application for approval of a condition imposed on the grant of a planning permission in principle. Regulation 51 revokes the 2008 Regulations and various other instruments subject to certain saving provisions.

(1)

1997 c.8. The functions of the Secretary of State transferred to the Scottish Ministers by section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46). Sections 27A and 27C were inserted by section 6, sections 35A, 35B and 35C by section 11, section 36A by section 13, section 38A by section 14 and section 43A by section 17 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 17) (“the 2006 Act”) and sections 32, 34, 36, 43, 59 and 275 were respectively substituted by or amended by sections 7, 10, 12, 16, 21 and 54(16) of the 2006 Act. Section 43A is amended by S.S.I. 2013/24 and 2013/26.

(6)

1979 c.46. Section 32A was inserted by section 11 of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 3).

(10)

Section 263A was inserted by section 50 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 17).

(11)

1984 c.54.

(12)

See command paper 9424.

(13)

2003 c.21.

(14)

1999/519/EC.

(15)

1997 c.9.

(16)

Section 43A was inserted by section 17 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 and is amended by S.S.I. 2013/24 and 2013/26.

(17)

1997 c.9.

(19)

Section 27A was inserted by section 6(1) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 17).

(20)

Section 27C was inserted by section 6(1) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.

(21)

2000 c.7. Section 15 was amended by paragraph 158 of Schedule 17 to the Communications Act 2003 (c.21).

(28)

1997 c.8.

(32)

1976 c.27.

(33)

1986 c.35.

(34)

1986 c.62.

(35)

1979 c.46. Section 32B was inserted by section 11 of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 3).

(36)

1984 c.54. Section 151 was relevantly amended by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c.39), Schedule 13, paragraph 135(10) and S.I. 2001/1400.

(37)

1995 c.25.

(39)

1991 c.22.

(40)

O.J. No. L 10, 14.1.1997, p.13. The Directive was amended by Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29th September 2003 (O.J. No. L 284, 31.10.2003) and Directive 2003/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16th December 2003 (O.J. No. L 345, 31.12.2003 p.97).

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