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Our planning role and consulting us

Find out how we engage with the planning system, and how and when to consult us

We’re committed to helping the Scottish Government and planning authorities to deliver a modern planning system – one that’s fast and inclusive, and which delivers sustainable economic growth.

Planners and developers can work out when to consult us using our checklist: How and when to consult NatureScot.

Detailed guidance

We also offer more detailed guidance for developers and planning authorities. Find out how best to engage with us at each stage of the development management process.

Service statement

Planning for Great Places - Our Planning for Development Service Statement outlines how we engage with the planning system to support our ambitions for connecting people and nature.

We will engage in greater depth where a proposal could have a significant impact on the quality and enjoyment of Scotland’s natural heritage.

View our other guidance:

Balancing duties

Like many public bodies, NatureScot has a responsibility to take other interests into account in our work - we call these our 'balancing duties'. The way we implement our balancing duties is focused on engagement, understanding and collaboration. Read more about our approach here.

Planning performance

Our Planning Performance Framework Annual Report 2019-20 provides further information about what we do, how we are performing and the steps we are taking to help us improve our service.

Customer survey

Gathering feedback from customers is an essential part of the continuous improvement of our service. Read the results of our latest customer survey undertaken in 2019.

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