Get involved in major development proposals

Community involvement

Developers must carry out a pre-application consultation with the community at least 12 weeks before any national or major planning application is submitted.

This means communities will have the opportunity to express their views and have an input to the application at an early stage. Community Councils have a statutory role in the process. 

Download guidance on the pre-application consultation process and the planning concordat (PDFs)

View current pre application consultations

You can view current and previous consultations using the planning and building standards services advanced search. Choose proposal of application notice from the application type drop down menu.

Community engagement makes a difference

Once a major application has been decided all those who were involved in the pre application consultation will be asked to complete a survey on the process and how well the engagement achieved its purpose.

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS)

PAS helps individuals and community groups to get involved in the planning system in an impartial, open and inclusive way. They offer a free and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.

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