Developers must carry out a pre-application consultation with the community at least 12 weeks before any national or major planning application is submitted. Developers start this process by submitting a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN).
The notice must detail the consultation process the developer will undertake including
- with whom.
Communities will have the opportunity to express their views and have an input to the application at an early stage. During this time developers might arrange
- exhibitions with people on hand to answer questions
- meetings with community councils
- information on social media
- bespoke websites for the development
- posters in local libraries and other public places
- leaflets distributed to properties in the local area.
View current pre application consultations
Choose proposal of application notice from the application type drop down menu.
Changes to pre-application consultation requirements set by the Scottish Government came into force on 1 October 2022. The Town and Country Planning (Pre-Application Consultation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 updates the consultation requirements and places an 18 month time limit on the submission of applications after the PAN.
Community engagement makes a difference
The consultation should be a meaningful engagement with those who can represent the community’s views. It should offer the opportunity to make a difference and deal with community issues that can be addressed.
It should be carried out in the spirit of the Edinburgh development concordat.
Find out more about the pre-application consultation process.
Community Councils play an important role in the planning system. For major development proposals, there should be early and broad-based engagement with them.
Find out more about Community Councils.