1. Developer produces detailed plans for a specific new development, having referred to national guidelines, the local plan and local conservation area appraisal, and being guided by the Planning Officer assigned to the application.
  2. Neighbour notification is carried out by Glasgow City Council, after the plans have been “validated”.
  3. Notice of the plans is also published in the Council’s “Weekly List”.
  4. Detailed plans are available for public scrutiny via the Online Planning System.
  5. There are 3 levels of application – local, major and national.
    1. Local applications are processed as below.
    2. Major applications first require a 12-week “pre-application consultation” with the community.
    3. National applications also require a pre-application consultation.
  6. Anyone can make a representation, whether of support or objection.
  7. The closing date for representations is published. This is quite strictly adhered to.
  8. To be taken account of in the Planning Process, the representation must raise relevant local issues, or refer to a legally valid planning matter (e.g. not compliant with Glasgow City Plan 2, Listed Building regulations etc)
  9. Planning Officers assess the proposed development against the national guidelines, local plan, conservation area appraisal and local issues and address the points of representation received. They then recommend the “Decision” to the Planning Committee i.e. whether the application should be ‘Granted’ or ‘Refused’.
  10. Councillors on the Planning Committee make the formal decision based on the Planning Officer’s recommendations and other relevant factors.  Decisions taken by the Planning Committee, have a higher level of accountability and public awareness than those delegated to officers.
  11. If fewer than 6 representations have been made, and a range of other safeguards have been taken into account, the Decision may instead be delegated to the Planning Officers (under “Delegated Powers”).  This is how over 90% of cases are decided, and allows costly planning authority resources to be focussed on cases that most need them.
  12. A developer whose application has been refused, may lodge an appeal against the decision.  There are no equivalent third party rights of appeal.

Note: planning applications may be amended after discussion between Planning Officer and Developer before the decision is made – these changes are not always notified to the public. FGW keeps an eye out for this kind of change by monitoring the Planning Report where the case is decided by the Planning Committee, or the “Decision Notice” if the decision was delegated to officers.