Review of permitted development rights - phase 2 consultation

Closed 3 Aug 2022

Opened 11 May 2022

Feedback updated 10 Feb 2023

We asked

The public consultation sought views on proposed legislative changes to permitted development rights (PDR), as well as the Town and Country (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997. 

It formed part of the second phase of the extensive work programme on the review of PDR to help support:

  • the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • the resilience and recovery of city, town and local centres.
  • operational delivery at Scottish ports.

You said

95 responses were received, of which 72 were from groups or organisations and 23 from individual members of the public.

We did

Craigforth, a research consultancy, were commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of all responses. Their analysis report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse the responses.  

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view on line.

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the Scottish Ministers' approval of the Scottish Statutory Instrument, laid before the Scottish Parliament on 10 February 2023.  The legislative changes are intended to come into force on 31 March 2023. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development and Use Classes) (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendment Order 2023 (




Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of permitted development rights (PDR) as part of our wider planning reform programme. The PDR review is being taken forward in phases, with each phase focussing on specific development types. Through Phase 2 of the PDR review programme, we are seeking views on proposed changes relating to:

  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Changes of use in city, town and local centres
  • Port development

Read the consultation paper.

Why your views matter

Consultation and feedback is an essential part of the policy making process.  Comments will inform the development of final proposals, which will be brought into force through regulations which the Scottish Government aims to lay in Parliament later this year.


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