Over the past 40 years, the Scottish Civic Trust has taken an
active interest in the quality of development across
Scotland. Well informed independent advice and opinion can
pay an important role in planning.
A key role of the Civic Trust network in Scotland is to act as a
watchdog. Scrutinising planning applications and development
plans is important. Offering critical comments on schemes
that could affect the amenity of a town, neighbourhood, building or
wider area is positive democratic activity.
The Planning Etc (Scotland) Act
2006 introduced a new hierarchy of planning
applications. Major applications will be subjected to a
statutory pre-application consultation, and local civic societies
are advised to make their interest known to the local planning
A main objective of the Scottish Civic Trust is to support local
groups. Increasingly, it is not possible for the Trust to
examine individual cases proactively. We invite local groups
affiliated to the Trust to call on us to assist them on significant
development cases where they think our involvement could be
When to consult SCT:
- Particularly contentious local schemes where a "second" opinion
might be helpful
- Significant heritage impact to important local assets
- Substantial town centre regeneration schemes
- Major edge-of-settlement proposals
The Trust is always happy to offer conservation and design
advice and guidance to groups or individuals where it is needed.
Contact the Trust for advice on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0141 221 1466.
Some basic information about how the
planning process works can be found in our Life of a Planning
Application leaflet - download it here.