Views sought on planning modernisation

Written by Kate Shannon on 10 January 2017 in News

The Scottish Government has set out 20 suggestions for revamping the system

Kevin Stewart Minister for Local Government and Housing

Kevin Stewart - Picture credit: Scottish Government

Proposals for major changes to the Scottish planning system have been published today.

The Scottish Government has set out 20 suggestions for revamping the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning decisions.

They form a consultation which will pave the way for a planning bill to be brought forward this year.


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Planning Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to driving forward regeneration.

“We need a strong and efficient system to support these aims and for long-term economic growth. I believe these proposals will mean we are better placed to make high quality development happen sooner and in the right places.

“I firmly believe that Scotland's planners can lead the delivery of great places, empower communities and provide a stable environment for investment through the uncertain times we live in.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest in planning – developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and members of the public – to tell us what they think of our proposals for change.”

The proposals build on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Key changes include zoning more land for housing, promoting self-build and removing the need to apply for planning permission for more types of development. The consultation also seeks views on new rights for communities to produce their own plans for their local area.

The consultation runs until April 4.

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