Planning and development advice

New developments sited and designed with care can contribute positively to Scotland's nature.

NEW: We are consulting on our work to develop a biodiversity metric for Scotland's planning system, with comments invited on our Key Issues paper by 10th May.

See new recommendation regarding the type of modelling required to support the assessment of forestry and wind farm impacts on golden eagles.

Our guidance helps planners and developers to secure positive outcomes for nature, landscapes and people. Understanding how a development may impact on nature, and the opportunities that nature offers, enables the design of good developments that are located in the right places.

High quality natural environments are vital to the creation of better places. Nature and landscapes near where we live and work can:

  • enhance our quality of life
  • boost individual health and well-being
  • add to our sense of place and identity
  • support a strong economy 
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