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Planning in the National Park

The National Park Authority has planning powers to decide all planning and related applications within the boundary of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. We also prepare and adopt a Local Plan, to guide our planning decision-making. These pages provide everything you need to know about planning in the National Park.
If you are thinking of applying for planning permission, listed building consent, advertisement consent, or wish to view planning applications submitted to the Park Authority, then these pages will help you. Notable large scale planning applications we have recently dealt with include Cononish Gold Mine and the Ben Arthur Hotel Resort at the former Torpedo Test Site at Loch Long, near Arrochar.

If you have a concern about unauthorised land-use, building or engineering operations or how we monitor conditions on planning permissions then our Enforcement & Development Monitoring team can assist you.

We have many Listed Buildings and Conservations Areas in the National Park in order to protect and enhance the cultural heritage.
If you wish to do works to trees that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order you will require consent.

We are happy to answer questions about trees that are protected in the National Park and if you are interested in the Provisional Tree Preservation Order in respect of the tree known as “The Bicycle Tree”, Dorothy’s Field, Brig O’Turk further details can be found here.

Our Forward Planning team prepare the National Park Local Plan and supporting documents which guide planning decisions, making sure that new development is of the highest quality, is promoted in the right places and delivers the aspirations and aims of the National Park.
Our Planning & Access Committee meet once a month to discuss and make decisions on planning applications and planning policy issues. These are put forward as committee papers and are presented by planning officers. All meetings are open to the public to attend.
The Planning Forum enables us to share views and experiences of the Planning Service and discuss ideas for its improvement.
The main aim of our Planning Service is to facilitate high quality, sustainable and appropriate development in pursuance of the aims of the National Park. Our customers are varied and it is important that anyone who uses our service clearly understands what we do, the standards we aim to meet and what they can do in the event we do not meet those standards. Our Planning Service Charter explains what levels of service can be expected from our different teams.

We also prepare a Planning Performance Framework Annual Report which is a requirement of all planning authorities in Scotland and ensures continuous improvement of our service.

Please contact us if you have any feedback or would like to make a complaint about the planning service.