Our role in the planning system

sportscotland is a statutory consultee in respect of a range of development proposals, detailed information on this is contained in the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. 

We are consulted by planning authorities where there are proposals which may: result in the loss of;  prejudice or prevent the use of land which was last used as an outdoor sports facility, from being used again for that purpose.  This is in relation to the following outdoor sports facilities:

  • Outdoor pitches and playing fields over 0.2ha in size
  • Outdoor Athletics tracks
  • Golf Courses
  • Outdoor bowling Greens
  • Outdoor tennis courts (other than those within a private dwelling, hotel or other tourist accommodation)

We welcome and encourage early discussion from applicants and councils where there are proposals that may affect these facilities. 

Service statement - Town and Country Planning


Date published: 20 September 2016
Date updated: 10 June 2022


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