Date lodged: 27 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will outline the process for the Scottish Ministers calling in planning applications.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 19 July 2018
Scottish Ministers have a general power to intervene in the determination of any planning application, but exercise that power very sparingly, only where it appears there may be some matter of genuine national interest at stake. A total of 29 applications have been called in since the start of 2013, an average of just over 5 applications per year.
Planning authorities are required to notify Scottish Ministers if they are minded to grant planning permission in respect of certain categories of development or as may otherwise be directed to do so. This allows Ministers an opportunity to consider whether particular applications should be called in for their determination. Planning Circular 3/2009 Notification of Planning Applications http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/03/27112705/ explains the Government’s role in this process, including categories of applications which must be notified.