Certain planning applications are defined as major developments. This includes applications involving the construction of 50 or more houses, or some categories of development where the site area exceeds 2 hectares. Further information on what constitutes a major development is set out in Circular 5/2009.
Major developments require pre-application consultation with communities and information on that is provided in Circular 3/2013. That circular also confirms that a prospective applicant must provide the planning authority with a 'proposal of application notice' at least 12 weeks prior to the submission of an application for a major development.
We have dedicated officers who deal with planning applications for major developments and they can provide information on the process. We can offer a pre-application advice service and positively encourage the use of processing agreements to help the efficient project management of the planning application process. If you want to discuss a possible major development please send details of your proposal to our planning team.
More information on major developments is available on the Scottish Government’s website.