Who we are

Planning Democracy is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) founded in 2009.

We have a network of dedicated volunteers and advisers, including over 200 communities and individuals who campaign with us and provide assistance to people with planning problems.

We were formed because the way we use and develop our land has a huge impact on people’s lives. Too often, planning processes do not enable meaningful democratic input into decision-making and development prioritises profit over people and the environment.

Our work is currently supported by volunteers and the Chair of our Board.


Planning Democracy is a community-led organisation campaigning to strengthen the voice and influence of the public in the planning and development of Scotland’s land. We aim to deepen democratic control and promote environmental justice.


Our mission is to build a movement of citizens who value Scotland’s people, places and environment. Together we will campaign to ensure that decisions about how Scotland’s land is developed are fair, inclusive, locally accountable, and promote just outcomes driven by community needs rather than profit.


We believe the planning and development of Scotland’s land should:

Deepen democratic control over the ways places and communities change

Foster and value the contributions of citizen action and engagement, ensuring that
people are listened to not left feeling alienated and confused

Tackle the pressing crises of climate change and biodiversity

Promote environmentally just outcomes

Put the needs of Scotland’s diverse citizens above private profits

Value and enhance the quality of the built and natural environment ·

Provide healthy and safe places for people to live.


We campaign to rebalance power in planning so that citizens can better shape the way their environments change.

We promote ways to enable civil society and the general public to understand and engage effectively with policy and decision making.

We bring together individuals and communities to share information and provide support for each other.

We carry out community-based research to provide a community perspective on the impacts and outcomes of planning and development.

Read Testimonials from some of the communities we have worked with.


We are a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (a SCIO) charity number SC041051.  View our OSCR charity page.

We aim to use data is a legal and proportionate way. View our privacy policy.


We submit audited accounts on an annual basis to OSCR.

Accounts for Year End 31 March 2021

Accounts for Year End 31 March 2020

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