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Planning Service

Planning Application Guidance

Map and Site Plan Guidance

You will require plans and maps to support your planning application.  Please find helpful information below which provides guidance on obtaining maps and the level of detail we require in a general Site Plan:

Housing Design

Design is a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.  Prior to submission of a planning application for the extension or erection of a house or building, please ensure that you have considered your proposal in relation to our Outer Hebrides Design Guide

If you plan to development within the garden area of your house and are unsure of whether or not your proposal requires planning permission, feel free to have a look at our information on Householder Permitted Development Rights or contact a planning officer to discuss your proposals.

Micro Generation On-shore Wind Turbines

The Micro Wind Advice Noteis primarily targeted towards wind energy proposals where the output is less than 50kw capacity, turbines have a hub-height not exceeding 20m and do not exceed 3 in number. This advice note incorporates further guidance on MoD Constraints in the Uists

Design Statements and Design and Access Statements

A Design Statement is now required for certain applications, namely Planning Applications for developments within:

  • the World Heritage Site of St Kilda
  • Conservation Areas (Gearrannan, Ruisgarry, Howmore and parts of Stornoway)
  • the designed landscape of the Lews Castle Grounds
  • the South Lewis, Harris, and North Uist National Scenic Area or the South Uist Machair National Scenic Area
  • the site of a Scheduled Monument
  • the curtilage of a category A listed building

(Please see the Local Development Plan for detailed maps on the above)

Design and Access Statements will be required for Major and National developments, as defined by the Scottish Government's hierarchy of development.

Exceptions include applications for Planning Permission for (i) Engineering or mining operations or (ii) development relating to an existing dwellinghouse or (iii) Material Changes of Use. Furthermore, "Design Statements" are not a statutory requirement for applications for "Planning Permission in Principle" or "Approval of Matters Specified in Conditions" but the Comhairle's Planning Service may, at its discretion, require a Statement through a condition attached to a Planning Permission in Principle.

Sustainability Statements

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 introduced clause 3F into the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. This places an obligation on local planning authorities to avoid a specified and rising proportion of greenhouse gases by use of low and zero carbon generating technologies. In order that zero and low carbon generating technologies are considered at the earliest stage in the design of a building, a Sustainability Statement detailing the technologies proposed and demonstrating proposed achievement of Bronze Active Sustainability rating requires to be submitted in support of your Planning Application.

This requirement does not apply to any of the following:

  1. buildings which will not be heated or cooled, other than by heating provided solely for the purpose of frost protection;
  2. alterations and extensions to buildings;
  3. changes of use or conversion of buildings;
  4. ancillary buildings that are stand-alone, having an area less than 50 square metres;
  5. buildings which are designed so that the energy necessary is integral to the structure requiring minimal additional mechanisation (the passive house concept);
  6. buildings which have an intended life of less than two years.

 

Types of Planning Applications

Full or detailed planning permission

This type of application allows you to submit full details of the proposal in one stage. The plans require must be sufficient to show full details of the development clearly and accurately. Change of use is required when you wish to change the use of land or a house/building from its existing use.

If you plan to development within the garden area of your house and are unsure of whether or not your proposal requires planning permission, feel free to have a look at our information on Householder Permitted Development Rights or contact a planning officer to discuss your proposals.

Planning permission in principle

The purpose of such an application is to establish whether the principle of developing a piece of land is acceptable. A further application(s) for the approval of matters specified in conditions is then required to confirm the final detail of the development.

Applications for the approval of matters specified in conditions

This type of application is for the submission of details required by conditions imposed on the granting of planning permission in principle.

Modification, variation or removal of planning conditions

If you are unable or unwilling to comply with a condition attached to an existing consent, you may apply for its removal, variation or modification. Detail of the reasons or justification for the condition to be removed, altered or varied should form part of the application.

Downloadable Forms and Guidance Notes