Planning guidance and advice

For developments of 4 or more houses

Affordable housing

If you are planning a development of 4 or more houses you may have to make an affordable housing contribution. Please read our Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance.

Open space

For developments of 4 or more houses you may have to make some provision for open space or provide a contribution towards open space provision in the area. For more guidance on this please see our Open Space in New Residential Development Supplementary Guidance. You should also consider the contribution your development can make to the Highland green network Green Networks Supplementary Guidance.

Developer contributions

For larger residential developments there may be a need for developer contributions towards primary and secondary schools in the Highland area. Please read our Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance.

Environmental management

Environmental management is important for all construction projects, however the detail required for a particular project is proportional to the perceived risks from the project. This environmental management guidance note has been prepared to set out a robust Project Environmental Management Process for large scale projects.

Sustainable design

We strive to encourage applicants to opt for buildings that are designed to respond to the local landscape and the local climate. Our Sustainable Design Guide helps make sure that all development is well-designed, sustainable and sympathetic to its environment.

Drainage

If your proposal lies within a particularly sensitive area then you may have to submit a drainage statement or a drainage impact assessment. Development proposals within or bordering medium to high risk flood areas will have to be accompanied by a flood risk assessment. Flood Risk and Drainage Impact Assessment offers guidance on drainage and flooding issues and the preparation of the previously mentioned documents.

Trees and woodland

Planning proposals should consider the impact of development upon existing trees and woodlands and identify opportunities for the planting and management of new trees and woodlands. Trees, Woodland and Development Supplementary Guidance.

Public health and safety

There are a range of public health and safety factors that need to be assessed when considering development proposals, covering issues such as noise, odour, slope, stability and pollution. Where these factors put human health and safety at risk, they are classed as physical constraints to development. Our Physical Constraints Supplementary Guidance provides developers with an up-to-date list of constraints.

Waste management

Managing Waste in New Developments guidance helps developers incorporate waste management requirements at the initial design stage of any proposed development, in the same way other essential services are considered.

Protected species

Guidance on Highland Statutorily Protected Species has been prepared to aid applicants when considering development in relation to their responsibilities towards protected species. Key species to be aware of, the varying levels of protection afforded to them and how they should be dealt with in a development proposal so as to avoid breaking the law and to further the conservation of biodiversity.  

Conservation areas

If your proposal is within a Conservation Area, National Scenic Area, Site of a Scheduled Monument, within the area surrounding a Category A listed building, historic garden or designed landscape or World Heritage Site it's likely you'll need to submit a design statement with your application. Design Statements and Design and Access Statements advice note

Major applications and conservation areas - Design statement

If your proposal is major or is within a Conservation Area, National Scenic Area, Site of a Scheduled Monument, within the curtilage of a Category A listed building, historic garden or designed landscape or World Heritage Site you are likely to need to submit a design statement with your application form. Design Statements and Design and Access Statements advice note.

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