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RTPI Scotland: ‘Proposed housing investment in budget welcome but need to consider impact on local services’

16 December 2016

RTPI Scotland has welcomed a number of key proposals outlined in yesterday's draft Scottish budget. In particular, it was pleased to see reconfirmation of £3 billion of funding to support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament. Proposed investment in infrastructure and City Deals was also welcomed.
 
RTPI Scotland Director Craig McLaren said:
"We are pleased to see the Government's commitment to invest in housing. We need to ensure there is funding to help deliver the essential services and infrastructure that arise from new housing development. It is also vital that we see investment in the planning service to help deliver this, especially as we have seen a 20% drop in planning department staff between 2010 and 2015. Currently only 0.63% of local authority budgets are directly spent on planning.”
 
RTPI Scotland also welcomed other key elements of the draft Budget:

  • £140 million for energy efficiency programmes to help deliver Scotland’s climate change targets.
  • nearly £55 million to invest in the regeneration of disadvantaged communities through continuation of the People & Communities Fund & Regeneration Capital Grant Fund programmes
  • £20 million in the Empowering Communities Fund
  • plans to “modernise compulsory purchase orders  to ensure vacant and derelict land can be brought into use for Communities
  • continued investment in active travel to encourage walking and cycling

Read The Planner: Scottish Budget backs affordable homes, city deals and digital infrastructure

Read: Progressing Performance: Investing in Scotland's Planning Service

Read: Progressing Performance: Investing in Scotland’s Planning Service, Background Paper

Full budget document: Scotland's Budget: Draft Budget 2017-18

Get involved: RTPI Scotland