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Scottish Government launches planning system consultation

10 January 2017

RTPI Scotland is delighted that Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, has today published a vision for the future of planning that places people and communities at the heart of a positive and proactive system.   

Stefano Smith, RTPI Scotland Convenor, said:

“Today’s announcement recognises the huge potential of good planning to help Scotland face the daunting challenges of today, such as the housing crisis and climate change. It echoes many of the game-changing ideas that RTPI Scotland has been championing.

“RTPI Scotland agrees that removing the need to obtain permission for certain types of small development, and careful exploration of zoning for high quality and sustainable housing development could free up resources. This would give planners more time to invest in delivering the high quality sustainable places that Scotland needs.

“The ambitions outlined will not be realised without making sure that planning expertise is at the decision-making table at all levels of government. We would like the reforms to take a step further to guarantee a more corporate approach to planning, so that place is always taken into account, from conversations about education and inequality to health and the environment.”

RTPI Scotland will be responding to the consulation in detail. 

Read the consultation document here.