RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland. November 10, 2010.

Local planning pack - Scotland

We've put together useful information on Scottish planning to help better guide you through the maze of the local planning system.

Useful planning information

To help you make the most of your voice, we've produced a set of leaflets to give you the power to influence local decisions and protect the wildlife which is important to you.

Please see downloadable documents for more help and information. 

What to do now

When dealing with a live planning application, you will need to be objective and decide if there is a genuine case. Wasting time on a weak element of your campaign may undermine other legitimate planning concerns.

Find out the key questions you need to ask in order to build a case for protecting wildlife through the planning system.

What to do before a case

Use your local knowledge to influence development at an early stage.

By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to prevent a harmful development, or even enhance a proposal's value to wildlife.

How to gain local support

The more people who know what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will likely get for your campaign. Find out how to get your local media and local politicians involved.

Environmental Impact Assessment FAQs

Sea cliffs at Dunnet Head RSPB reserve, Caithness, near Thurso, Scotland, July 2008

Find answers to frequently asked questions around Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Scotland, including what they are and what they're used for.