Planning for tourism

This publication was withdrawn on 7 March 2014

Archived and replaced by the new planning practice guidance launched 6 March 2014 on an external website.

Guidance for planners and the tourism industry when preparing planning development plans and applications.



This guidance, to be read alongside national planning policies, is designed to:

  • ensure that planners understand the importance of tourism and take this fully into account when preparing development plans and taking planning decisions
  • ensure that those involved in the tourism industry understand the principles of national planning policy as they apply to tourism and how these can be applied when preparing individual planning applications and
  • ensure that planners and the tourism industry work together effectively to facilitate, promote and deliver new tourism development in a sustainable way