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Frequently Asked Questions

  • About Tayplan

    • What area does TAYplan cover?

      The TAYplan area includes all land within the council areas of Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the North part of Fife. However, TAYplan excludes the parts of Perth & Kinross and Angus Councils which are covered by the Cairngorms National Park and the part of Perth & Kinross covered by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

      For more visit the 'About' webpage.

    • What councils are in TAYplan?

      TAYplan is a statutory partnership of the following planning authorities; Angus Council, Dundee City Council, Fife Council and Perth & Kinross Council.

      Three councillors from each council serve on the Joint Committee. To see which councillors serve on TAYplan visit our 'Joint Committee' page.

    • What is TAYplan and what does it do?

      TAYplan one of four the Strategic Development Planning Authorities (SDPA) designated by Scottish Ministers under the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. It covers the Dundee and Perth City-region. To find out more visit the 'About' page of this website.

      The role of TAYplan is to prepare and keep up to date a Strategic Development Plan for its area. The Approved Strategic Development Plan (June 2012) now replaces the Dundee and Angus Structure Plan (2002), the Perth and Kinross Structure Plan (2003) and the Fife Structure Plan (2009) for the North part of Fife. The Approved Strategic Development Plan (2012) now sets the strategic framework for the Local Development Plans which each of the four councils must prepare. (to find out more visit the 'Strategic Development Plan' page of this website)

  • Preparing the Strategic Development Plan

    • How can I make comments

      Any body is welcome to make comments at the following stages in preparing a Strategic Development Plan

      • Pre-Main Issues Report - This happened in 2010 and in 2013
      • Main Issues Report consultation - This happened in 2010 and will happen between April and June 2014
      • Proposed Plan period for representations - This happened in 2011 and will happen again in spring/summer 2015

      To comment go to our portal and login/register to make comments online: http://tayplan-sdpa-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal

    • When was the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) undertaken?

      A comprehensive Strategic Environmental Assessment was undertaken in parallel with the Main Issues Report; both in 2010 and in 2014 respectively. In each case the Environmental Report was published for consultation alongside the respective Main Issues Report.

      During 2011 Perth & Kinross Council confirmed that the potential significant environmental effects of the Proposed Strategic Development Plan (June 2011) had been assessed and the findings of the Environmental Report (published alongside the Main Issues Report in 2010) had been incorporated into the Plan. The Proposed Plan did not contain any new material, for example new proposals, not previously assessed and consulted upon in the Main Issues Report stage. Perth & Kinross Council confirmed that in light of the comments received from the Consultation Authorities and other interested parties and the changes made to the Proposed Plan in light of these comments, it was not necessary to undertake an assessment of the Proposed Plan.

      Perth & Kinross Council have completed and published, as soon as reasonably practical after the adoption of the Plan, an SEA Post Adoption Statement setting out how comments and changes have, where appropriate, been incorporated into the Plan. A copy of the statement has been sent to the Consultation Authorities via the Scottish Government SEA Gateway. Th

      To view the SEA Scoping Statement, Environmental Reports, Non-technical Summaries or the SEA Post Adoption Statement visit the publications page.

    • When is the Approved Plan formally published?

      When Scottish Ministers approve a Strategic Development Plan (with or without modifications) the Planning Authority must then publish the Plan within a reasonable period of time. This period of time recognises the need to make any modifications and to print and distribute copies to libraries etc.

      The TAYplan Strategic Development Plan was approved with minor modifications on 8 June 2012. TAYplan then published the Approved Plan including the minor modification on 18 June 2012 and made it available for inspection. To see the plan visit our Strategic Development Plan page.

    • What happens when the Examination is completed?

      The independent panel of reporters will submit a report of recommendations to Scottish Ministers. This will advise Scottish Ministers of any changes that are being recommended to the Plan by the Reporters. Scottish Ministers will decide whether they agree with the recommendations and will then approve the plan (in part or in whole) with or without modifications or they will reject the plan.

      If the plan is approved (with or without modifications) the Planning Authority then needs to make the requisite amendments. For Strategic Development Plans only the changes approved by Scottish Ministers can be made.

      Scottish Ministers approved the TAYplan Strategic Development Plan with minor modifications on 8 June 2012.

      To see the letter of approval and the requisite modifications click here.

    • What is the Examination?

      The Examination is the process by which a panel of independent reporters consider whether the planning authority has properly involved the pubic and considers unresolved representations. Unresolved representations are where interested parties made representations seeking a change to the Proposed Plan but the Planning Authority did not agree with them and did not therefore make the requested change.

      There is no automatic right to be heard at an examination. It is for the Reporter(s) to determine whether they have sufficient information with which to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers. If they wish to obtain additional information they will seek this from the parties concerned. The format of the examination, ie whether this is dealt with by a roundtable hearing session or by written representations is a matter for the Reporter to decide.

      To better understand examinations visit the Scottish Government's Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals website: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/

      During 2011/2012: Reporters were appointed to examine the TAYplan Proposed Plan (2011) during December 2011 and January 2012. They concluded that TAYplan had followed the appropriate requirements for preparing the plan and had involved the public in the ways which it said it would. The Reporters also considered the unresolved issues and made recommendations to Scottish Ministers for minor amendments in April 2012. Scottish Ministers then approved the Proposed Plan with minor modifications on 8 June 2012. The approved TAYplan (2012) was published on 18 June 2012 and can be seen on our strategic development plan page.

    • What happens after the Proposed Plan is submitted to Scottish Ministers?

      On receiving the Proposed SDP, section 12 (1) of the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 requires the Scottish Ministers to appoint a person to examine the plan where:

      a) There are unresolved representations (these are where TAYplan disagreed with respondents who thought changes should be made to the proposed plan);

      b) The Proposed Plan contains alternative proposals (this is if the planning authorities that form TAYplan decide to include more than one strategy because they cannot agree); or

      c) They otherwise consider an examination to be appropriate (this gives Scottish Ministers the discretion to hold an examination if they consider it appropriate).

      The appointed person will usually be an independent Reporter(s) from the Scottish Government's Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). To find out more about reporters and the examination process visit: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/

    • What is the Submission of the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers

      Once TAYplan has considered all representations and is not minded to make any alterations to the Proposed Plan this will then be submitted to Scottish Ministers. This is done through the Scottish Government's Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals.

      It is Scottish Ministers who will approved or reject the Plan.

      Upon receipt of the submitted Proposed Plan Scottish Ministers will determine whether to hold an examination.

    • What happens after the Proposed Plan representation period closes?

      When the period for representations closes those representations which were not made directly online will be uploaded by the TAYplan team. TAYplan is then required to group individual responses where they are raising similar issues or commenting on similar things. This process helps to understand all of the different points of view relating to specific issues. TAYplan then analyses these comments and is then required to respond to the issues raised. There is no requirement to respond to every individual.

      The grouped representations are summarised using a common format known as a Schedule 4 form. This sets out who has said what, the areas of change sought and TAYplan’s view of these matters.

      Once this exercise is complete TAYplan will determine whether or not to amend the Proposed Plan.

      If TAYplan chooses to make amendments to the Proposed Plan then there will need to be another period for representations on the new Proposed Plan. The above process would be repeated following the closure of the period for representations.

      If TAYplan chooses not to make any modifications then it will submit the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers along with the schedule 4 documents (described above), all of the representations made on the Proposed Plan and all other related documentation.

      Upon receipt of the submitted Proposed Plan Scottish Ministers will determine whether to hold an examination.

    • When is the next Proposed Plan formally published?

      The next Proposed Plan is expected to be published during late spring 2015. To stay up to date with this visit the ‘Get Involved’ page of our website.

    • What is the Proposed Plan and Period for Representations

      The Proposed Plan follows on from the Main Issues Report. Having considered the comments made at Main Issues Report stage TAYplan considers how to write the Strategic Development Plan. The Proposed Plan is the settled view of the TAYplan Joint Committee and the four councils on what the next Strategic Development Plan should say and do. It sets out the vision and spatial strategy i.e. where development should and should not go for the TAYplan area over next twenty years.

      Once the proposed plan has been agreed by the four councils it is published for a period of representations for a minimum of 6 weeks. During this time you are invited to make concise representations which either support parts of the Proposed Plan as written or seek changes to it. When seeking a change you need to say what the change should be and why.

      After the period for representations TAYplan then considers the representations made and determines whether to make any changes to the Proposed Plan or whether to submit it unchanged to Scottish Ministers.

      The next Proposed Strategic Development Plan is anticipated for publication and a period of representations in Spring 2015. To see the anticipated timetable for preparing the next Strategic Development Plan visit our ‘Getting Involved’ page.

      The most recent TAYplan Proposed Strategic Development Plan was published in June 2011. Following the period of representations during summer 2011 it was submitted to Scottish Ministers on 1 December 2011. It was then subject to an Examination conducted by Scottish Government Reporters during the early part of 2012. The Plan was approved by Scottish Ministers with minor modifications on 8 June 2012. This can be seen on our strategic development plan page.

    • How are comments made at the Main Issues Report Stage taken into account?

      All of the comments received to the Main Issues Report, the Strategic Environmental Assessment and the draft Equalities Impact Assessment are analysed. These comments help TAYplan to consider the best way to prepare the next Proposed Plan.

      There is no legal requirement to publish the comments received at Main Issues Report stage and nor is there a requirement to detail responses to these.

    • When is the next Main Issues Report due to be published?

      The next Main Issues Report is due to be published on 15 April 2014 for a 10 week consultation closing at noon on 27 June 2014. To keep up to date visit our Get Involved page.

    • What is the Main Issues Report and Consultation

      Before we write a new Strategic Development Plan we explore the big issues that the new plan will have to consider. These issues relate to the big changes that will shape the next 20 years of our lives and beyond. This covers only the issues which are best considered with at regional level. Some of these issues are about implementing National policy where as others will be more specific to the TAYplan area.

      The Main Issues Report is not a draft plan. Instead it presents options for how the next Strategic Development Plan could tackle these issues through the land use planning system. These include the scale of growth and for where development should and should not be in Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and North Fife.

      The Main Issues Report Consultation is the most important stage in preparing a Strategic Development Plan because it is your opportunity to influence the content and direction of the Plan prior to it being written.

      The Main Issues Report for the next TAYplan was considered by the TAYplan Joint Committee on 25 February 2014 (see our Joint Committee page). The consultation period for this Main Issues Report commences on 15 April 2014 - to respond visit our consultation portal at http://tayplan-sdpa-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal. For more information on timescales visit our Get Involved page.

      The Main Issues Report for the approved TAYplan (2012) was published in April 2010 and can be seen on our publications page

    • What is a Strategic Development Plan?

      Strategic Development Plans are prepared by partnerships of councils for the city regions of Scotland’s four largest cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. TAYplan is one of these partnerships.

      Strategic Development Plans cover a 20 year time period and are reviewed every 5 years. They set out a vision and a spatial strategy that says where development should and should not go. They cover issues such as the scale of new house building, climate change, economic development, infrastructure and other issues.

      For more information visit our get involved page and our Strategic Development Plan page.

    • What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)?

      The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 makes SEA a legal requirement on many public plans, programmes and strategies, including the Strategic Development Plan.

      The purpose of SEA is to provide proper consideration for the environment by ensuring that environmental issues are considered by decision makers alongside economic and social issues. This is achieved by systematically assessing the potential significant environmental effects of the plan, and recording the results in an ‘Environmental Report’.

      The SEA is very strategic in its nature with the assessment being undertaken across broad geographical areas, given the strategic nature of the Strategic Development Plan. The process involves regular liaison with the consultation authorities: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Scotland. The SEA is prepared as an integral part of the Strategic Development Plan preparation.

      Perth & Kinross Council is the 'responsible authority' undertaking the SEA on behalf of TAYplan. This is required because TAYplan SDPA is not a legal entity.

      During 2010, 2011 and 2012: The SEA for the TAYplan Strategic Development Plan (2012) was prepared and made available for comment alongside the Main Issues Report in April 2010. To see the Strategic Environmental Assessment click here.

    • When is the Approved Plan formally published?

      When Scottish Ministers approve a Strategic Development Plan (with or without modifications) the Planning Authority must then publish the Plan within a reasonable period of time. This period of time recognises the need to make any modifications and to print and distribute copies to libraries etc.

      During 2012: The TAYplan Strategic Development Plan was approved with minor modifications on 8 June 2012. TAYplan then published the Approved Plan including the minor modification on 18 June 2012 and made it available for inspection at council offices, on the internet and in public libraries in the TAYplan area.

    • Do I have a right to be heard at an examination?

      No. There is no automatic right to be heard at an examination. It is for the Reporter(s) to determine whether they have sufficient information with which to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers. If they wish to obtain additional information they will seek this from the parties concerned. The format of the examination, ie whether this is dealt with by a roundtable hearing session or by written representations is a matter for the Reporter to decide.

    • How have representations made at Proposed Plan Stage been taken into account?

      All representations made on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan are considered and analysed. We are required to summarise these and prepare responses to them using form called a Schedule 4. We use this process to decide whether we will make further changes to the Proposed Plan or whether to submit it unchanged to Scottish Ministers.

      During 2011: The period for representations on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan (June 2011) closed in August 2011. TAYplan considered all of the representations and the TAYplan Joint Committee resolved to make no modifications to the Proposed Plan on 25th October 2011. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan (June 2011) and accompanying documents were submitted to Scottish Ministers on 1st December 2011.

  • Registration

    • How do I change or remove my details?

      Go to http://tayplan-sdpa-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal and then login. Go to 'my account' and make any changes.

      For help please contact us on 01382 307180 (Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm) or email contactus@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk.

    • How can I get involved?/How can I register with you?

      To register with us visit our online consultation portal (http://tayplan-sdpa-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal) and click the login/register button and then follow the on-screen instructions.

      To take part in public consultations run by TAYplan visit our online consultation portal and click the login/register button. You will need to register with us first if you haven’t already done so.

      -Individuals and organisations should register as consultees

      -Those representing one or more other people should register as agents. Agents can then add clients

      For help please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01382 307180 (Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm) or email contactus@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk .

      To find out more about our work and where we are visit the ‘Get Involved’ page or look at our most recent Development Plan Scheme (DPS). This sets out the TAYplan’s forthcoming work and activities.

  • What is this

    • What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)?

      The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 makes SEA a legal requirement on many public plans, programmes and strategies, including the Strategic Development Plan.

      SEA provides ensures that environmental issues are properly considered by decision makers alongside economic and social issues. This is achieved by systematically assessing the potential, significant environmental effects of the plan, and recording the results in an ‘Environmental Report’.

      The SEA is very strategic in its nature with the assessment being undertaken across broad geographical areas, given the nature of the Strategic Development Plan. The process involves regular liaison with the consultation authorities: these are Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Scotland. The SEA is prepared as an integral part of the Strategic Development Plan process.

      Perth & Kinross Council is the 'responsible authority' which means the Council undertakes the SEA on behalf of TAYplan. This is required because TAYplan SDPA is not a legal entity.

      To view the most recent copies of this document visit our publications page.

    • What is a Strategic Development Plan?

      Strategic Development Plans are prepared by partnerships of councils for the city regions of Scotland’s four largest cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. TAYplan is one of these partnerships.

      Strategic Development Plans cover a 20 year time period and are reviewed every 5 years. They set out a vision and a spatial strategy that says where development should and should not go. They cover issues such as the scale of new house building, climate change, economic development, infrastructure and other issues.

      For more information visit our get involved page and our Strategic Development Plan page.

    • What is a development plan?

      The development plan sets out how places should change and what they could be like in the future (http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/research/briefings-11/SB11-30.pdf). It says what type of development should take place where, and which areas should not be developed. It sets out the best locations for new homes and businesses and protects places of value to people or wildlife. The plan also helps development to take place quickly by describing how any new or improved facilities, such as roads, schools and parks will be provided.

      Councils and national park authorities must prepare a development plan for their area at least every five years. The law says that the development plan should be the starting point in making any planning decisions. The Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 introduced major changes to the way in which the development plan for the area is prepared.

      In areas that cover Scotland’s four largest cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, the Development Plan comprises a Strategic Development Plan (prepared by groups of councils working in partnership) and Local Development Plans (prepared by individual councils).

      In National Parks and other council areas the Development Plan comprises the Local Development Plan only.

    • What are the Topic Papers?

      Topic Papers are often produced as background material to help people to understand thinking that has informed the Main Issues Report or the Strategic Development Plan.

      During 2014: TAYplan has prepared 4 Topic Papers alongside the Main Issues Report (April 2014). These will be ‘living documents’ which develop ideas and go on to support the preparation of the next Proposed Plan (anticipated June 2015).

      During 2011: TAYplan produced 7 topic papers to accompany the Proposed Strategic Development Plan (June 2011). These are not statutory but informed thinking on the content of the Proposed Plan. They told the story of how National policy, representations made at Main Issues Report stage (April-July 2010), recent research and approaches elsewhere contributed to a series of recommendations for preparing the Proposed Plan.

      To view topic papers visit our publications page.

    • What is a Housing Needs and Demand Assessment?

      The Housing Needs and Demand Assessment is required to inform the Development Plan about how the housing market is operating and the likely scale of need and demand for market and affordable housing over a given time period. It should be considered alongside wider strategic, physical, economic, social and environmental considerations.

      During 2013 the TAYplan-wide Joint Housing Need and Demand Assessment undertaken jointly by TAYplan and the four councils to inform the TAYplan Main Issues Report (2014). To see this Housing Need and Demand Assessment visit it on our research page.

      During 2010: The first TAYplan-wide Housing Needs and Demand Assessment was completed in January 2010 by consultants Arneil Johnston. It was declared robust and credible by the Scottish Government’s Centre for Housing Market Analysis in January 2011. This work informed the approved TAYplan (2012) and can be seen on our research page.

       

    • What is an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA)?

      The purpose of an Equalities Impact Assessment is to help ensure that we do not discriminate and that where possible we utilise opportunities to promote equality and good relations between groups.

      The impact assessment involves thinking through the potential consequences of policies and functions on both the identified equality target groups and society at large. Then it involves making sure that, as far as possible, any negative impacts are minimised or eliminated and that opportunities for promoting equality and respect are maximised.

      A draft Equalities Impact Assessment has been prepared alongside the Main Issues Report (2014) and will then be updated in parallel with the Proposed Plan. The Equalities Impact Assessment will be submitted alongside the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers.

      To view this visit our publications page.

    • What is a Habitats Regulations Appraisal?

      The purpose of the Habitats Regulations Appraisal is to assess the impacts of proposed policies and the spatial strategies of the Proposed Strategic Development Plan, against the conservation objectives and qualifying features of the relevant designated sites with European protection.

      The assessment must determine whether the proposals would adversely affect the integrity of any site in terms of its nature conservation objectives.  If any negative effects remain after mitigation has been identified then other options should be examined to determine whether these would have an adverse effect on the integrity of a European protected site.

      During 2010 and 2011: A draft Habitats Regulations Appraisal was undertaken in parallel with the Main Issues Report (2010) and this was updated alongside the Proposed Plan (2011) and formal comments from Scottish Natural Heritage were sought. The Habitats Regulations Appraisal was agreed, ratified by the four councils and submitted alongside the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers in December 2011.

      A new Habitats Regulations Appraisal will be completed alongside the next Proposed Plan, anticipated in 2015.

      To view the Habitats Regulations Appraisal (2011) visit our publication page.

    • What is a Development Plan Scheme?

      A Development Plan Scheme (DPS) sets out proposals and a timetable for preparing and reviewing Development Plans. TAYplan will prepare a Development Plan Scheme for the Strategic Development Plan while Fife, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Dundee City Councils will prepare them for their respective Local Development Plans. Development Plan Schemes are reviewed at least once every year. To view the most recent TAYplan Development Plan Scheme visit our Get Involved page.

  • General

    • Where can I get more information?

      If you are unable to find the information you are looking for on this website, please visit the Contact Us page for details on how to get in touch with the TAYplan team.

    • How do I change or remove my details?

      Go to http://tayplan-sdpa-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal and then login. Go to 'my account' and make any changes.

      For help please contact us on 01382 307180 (Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm) or email contactus@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk.

    • Freedom of Information

      TAYplan uses the Freedom of Information Scheme established by Dundee City Council. TAYplan will respond to requests within 20 working days following the date of receipt, but we hope to respond to your request at an earlier date where possible. Further information relating the FOI Scheme and procedures can be found at: http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/foisa

Latest News

June 20, 2017

DOZENS of young people from all over Tayside and North Fife have gathered in Dundee to learn more about how places can change and how they can influence the process.

Pupils from six secondary schools across the TAYplan area were taking part in a one day Youth Camp at Dundee University.

The event gave them the chance to think about where they live, study and work by taking part in a number of workshops.  It also created an opportunity for them to consider a career in planning.

 

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March 7, 2017

Today (8 March 2017) the examination of the TAYplan Proposed Stratetgic Development Plan (2015) has completed and the independent panel of...

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