Development Plan


The Council consulted on the following draft Supplementary Guidance between 19 August and 30 September 2019:

  • Developer Contributions
  • Green & Blue Infrastructure
  • Forest & Woodland Strategy
  • Landscape
  • Renewable & Low Carbon Energy

Further information is available at LDP2 Supplementary Guidance.

Please note that the Examination Report for the Proposed Local Development Plan was published on 11 July 2019 and the Council is currently considering its findings. Please visit Proposed LDP Examination for further information.

Development Plan

Development Planning is the preparation of the Development Plan and other supporting policies, information or studies which form the basis for making decisions on planning applications.

However, Planning Act (Scotland) 2006 introduced major changes to the way in which Development Planning is carried out.

Can you tell me what makes up the development plan?

The Development Plan for Perth and Kinross consists of two tiers:

How do the Plans fit together?

The Strategic Development Plan covers a wide range of issues such as housing, transport, employment, shopping, recreation, conserving and protecting wildlife and the countryside. The Plan takes a long-term view of development, considering how much and broadly where it should go. After we have consulted with you and organisations, we submit the Strategic Development Plan to the Scottish Government for approval. The Strategic Development Plan provides:

  • Strategic land-use framework at the regional level
  • Policy context for the Local Development Plan within Perth & Kinross
  • Framework for investment (both public and private)
  • Basis for decision-making
  • Complete and consistent consideration of the environment
  • A twenty year time span, reviewed after the first five years
  • Policies and proposals approved by the Scottish Ministers

The Local Development Plan sets out detailed policies and proposals to guide development. You should use the Local Development Plan when you want to make a planning application or comment on a planning application. The Local Development Plan must be line with the Strategic Development Plan. Local Development Plans are:

  • Obviously more local and cover a smaller area than the Strategic Development Plan
  • Detailed and site specific
  • Reviewed every 5 years
  • Adopted by us as planning authority

What other policies, information or studies are available to support the development plan?

There are a number of policies and studies which support the delivery of the development plan and more information on these are shown below:

  • Background information and studies; these include the Housing Land Audit, Employment Land Audit and Retail Studies.
  • Infrastructure Reports provide information on the infrastructure of the main settlements within the Council area.
  • The Tay Estuary Forum have recently launched a five- year Management Plan: a non-statutory document aimed at promoting the future sustainable management in the Tay Estuary and along the adjacent coastline. The Management Plan aims to unite the many initiatives operating along this diverse stretch of coast into a sustainable framework, ensuring future vitality of the region.  You can view the management plan and find out about the annual conference on the Tay Estuary Forum website.

Contact details

Development Plan

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 475300