Major developments

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.