Planning policy and guidance

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Development Plans

Development Plans set out a vision for how areas will change and describe where development will take place and where it will not. Planning applications we receive are assessed against land allocations and policies within the development plan. The development plan for Fife consists of FIFEplan, the SESplan and TAYplan Strategic Development Plans, and Supplementary Guidance associated with these plans.

There are four levels of planning in Scotland:


  • The National Planning Framework for Scotland
  • Strategic Development Plans 
  • Local Development Plans 
  • Supplementary Guidance


We've prepared a Development Plan Scheme which sets out the programme for preparing and reviewing the Fife’s development plans and what is likely to be involved at each stage. For further details about the Local Development Plan for Fife (FIFEplan) please view our Local Development Plan page

Review of the Planning System in Scotland

A second consultation on the future of planning in Scotland has just concluded (link to Scottish Government website)

Fife Council submitted responses to both rounds of the Scottish Government consultation - click on the links to view Fife Council's response and supporting document to the first consultation and subsequent response to the position statement consultation.

How to stay informed

We produce a regular e-bulletin with an update on the progress and status of the different plans which make up the Fife Development Plan.  If you would like to receive this directly by email, please register through the online form.

You can also keep up to date on Fife's development plan on Twitter @FifePlanning


The Development Plan team is based at –

Development Plan Team,
Fife Council, Economy, Planning, & Employability Services,
Kingdom House, Kingdom Avenue, Glenrothes,
Fife  KY7 5LY


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