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Planning Consultation Paper 2017

Places, People and Planning

On 10 January 2017 the Scottish Government published 20 proposals for reforming the planning system, for consultation until 4 April, in a paper called Places, People and Planning. These proposals are a direct response to the May 2016 report of the Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System. Some of the changes will require primary legislation, which we expect to see included in next year's Programme for Government. Many of the proposals will however be implemented through policy and guidance.

Our briefing, aimed at MSPs but a good overview for anyone looking for an 'at a glance' guide to the consultation proposals, can be read here.

How to get involved

RTPI Scotland is working closely with our members to prepare our response. Alongside our chapters we ran a series of workshops for members across Scotland, each one tasked with exploring one of the review's key themes. For those who were unable to attend the workshops in person we have also facilitated an online conversation, via Twitter, LinkedIn and the blog.

Chapter Workshops 2017

Five workshops took place during February. The write up from each of the events can be read at the links below.

9 February - Glasgow - West of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Chapter - Leadership, Skills and Resources #RTPISResource

14 February - Edinburgh - Central Scotland and South East Scotland Chapter - Housing #RTPISHousing

15 February - Perth - East of Scotland Chapter - Infrastructure #RTPISInfra

16 February - Aberdeen - Grampian Chapter - Collaborative Planning #RTPISCollab

27 February - Inverness - Highlands and Islands Chapter - Development Plans #RTPISDevPlans

We were joined at each event by a representative from Scottish Government, who provided a brief outline of the consultation proposals as a whole.

The Planning Review - Timeline so far

December 2016

RTPI Scotland outlined its game-changers for planning in Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland. The headlines are:

  •  make sure every council has a statutory Chief Planning Officer to ensure that they are involved in early strategic decision-making to enable a better planned approach to new development and the infrastructure it requires.
  • allow for a Community Right to Plan where communities can prepare their own spatial plans which set out their aspirations and which can become part of the Local Development Plan.
  • introduce full cost recovery for planning applications and ring-fence money raised for development management. This will help address resourcing issues in planning departments.
  • introduce a National Development Plan to integrate and plan for the infrastructure investment plan and the national transport strategy, and, to provide more guidance and certainty to resolve national issues including building more houses

We will use the outcomes from the chapter workshops and online conversations to build on these game-changers in our formal response to the Government consultation.

May 2016

Report of the Independent Panel, Empowering planning to deliver great places, published. Read RTPI Scotland's response and briefing for MSPs.

Autumn 2015

'Root and branch review of the planning system' announced by then Minister for Planning. An Independent Panel was convened to carry out the review. The purpose of the review was 'to achieve, a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process in order to build investor and community confidence in the system'. Read RTPI Scotland's written evidence and cover letter to the review.