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Material considerations

Material Considerations are matters that will be taken into account when deciding whether or not a planning application will be approved.  Each application is considered on its own merits.   Any decision we make will take into account our Structure and Local Plans.  You may wish to look at our plans to find out if your application is likely to be acceptable by us.  You can view the plans by checking our page Planning policy and guidance.  You can also read further information provided by Planning Aid Scotland in the publication at the bottom of this page.

Other factors which may affect your application are:

  • Suitability of the site for development e.g. contamination or flooding issues
  • Visual appearance of proposed development and its relationship to the surrounding area
  • Nuisance caused by noise, smell, fumes or glare of floodlights
  • Impact on setting of listed buildings or conservation area
  • Adequacy of infrastructure e.g. water, sewerage, drainage
  • Provision of suitable access e.g. road safety, parking issues, amount of traffic generated, impact on pedestrians
  • Planning history of the site including previous decisions, appeals and reviews


This list is not exhaustive but gives you an indication of what will be considered when making a decision.

The following list includes items which are NOT material considerations and therefore will not be part of the decision making process:

  • Private interests e.g. competition between businesses
  • Applicant's lack of ownership of the site
  • Any impact on the value of your property
  • The loss of views from your property
  • Any private legal disputes e.g. boundary disputes, access rights
  • The developer's character, background or motives
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