Development Management

The Development Management sub-committee is made up of representatives from all planning authorities.  In addition, there is representation from the Scottish Government Planning and Architecture Division, and the Enforcement Officers Forum.


  • To provide guidance the HOPS Executive Committee and the wider HOPS membership, on emerging development management and related issues.
  • To represent local authority development management practitioners at the interface with Scottish Government and other stakeholders, including the Key Agencies
  • To respond on behalf of HOPS to development management queries


  • A forum for the consideration of current development management issues
  • Contributing to emerging planning law and procedure
  • The appointment of officers to various internal and external working groups.
  • A continual, direct dialogue with Scottish Government officials on development management legislation.
  • A means of unifying and developing best practice.
  • Identifying the needs for harmonisation of Development Management procedures.
  • Identifying areas of need in legislative change and providing an input into the Scottish Government’s programme.
  • Invitations to key speakers.
  • To assist in the continual improvement of the Planning Performance Framework insofar as it relates to development management.

Remit achieved by

  • Having clear programme of work being undertaken, including what working groups the Development Management Sub-Committee is providing a representative from the wider HOPS membership.
  • Ensuring that all representatives on such groups provide a written briefing note on the progress of those working groups to ease sub-committee a required.
  • Having membership which is well informed with a sound understanding of the Development Management process.
  • Identifying areas of collaboration and innovation to positively improve the planning system.
  • Focusing on key issues, best practice, shared experiences, formal an informal benchmarking and the commissioning of any surveys or audits across all LPAs, when considered necessary.

Core Script

The Sub-Committee will take an open an inclusive approach to its work, with members disseminating information to and being informed by the wider HOPS membership.


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