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 SESplan and TAYplan Strategic Development Plans and three Local Plans covering the west, central and east areas.

There are four levels of planning in Scotland:


  • The National Planning Framework for Scotland
  • Strategic Development Plans (these have replaced Structure Plans)
  • Local Development Plans (these will replace Local Plans)
  • Supplementary Guidance


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

Fife Council has submitted a response to the consultation  click on the links to view Fife Council's response and supporting document.


Fife Council is currently preparing a single Local Development Plan for Fife (FIFEplan). For further details please view our Local Development Plan page.   

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.

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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