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Need planning advice?

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 authority.

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 beneficial.

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 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.