Planning and building work

This section looks at how you may be affected if the council, Scottish Government or other authority, or your neighbours or a private company are carrying out building or development work in your area. If you're opposed to the work, you may be able to put a stop to it. In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation. This section applies to both home owners and tenants.

The planning system is currently undergoing some changes, to allow people and communities to become more involved in the planning process. You can find out more at the Scottish Government website.

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  • Objecting to building work

    If your neighbours, the council or any private or public developer apply for planning permission for building work, you have a right to comment. Your opinion will be listened to when granting permission.

  • Public developments

    Check your options if the council, Scottish Government or other public authority is planning development work near your home. You might be entitled to compensation.

  • Rent reductions

    If you're a tenant, you might get your rent reduced if the accommodation you're renting has been badly affected by a new development in your area. This depends on the type of tenancy you have.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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