RTPI Scotland thinkpieces - Proposals for change
The Scottish Government consultation paper Places, People and Planning contains many ideas for making the planning system more influential and effective. Working groups of RTPI Scotland committee members have now come together to prepare a series of thinkpieces that advance some of these ideas into implementable changes that could make a major impact on how our planning system works. The thinkpieces are:
A statutory Chief Planning Officer in local authorities
Making an infrastructure first approach a reality
Making local place plans work - collaboration rather than conflict
We will be publishing a further two thinkpieces looking at housing and development plans in the coming weeks.
We hope that these concrete proposals will inform the drafting of the planning Bill we expect later in 2017, as well as the policy, guidance and regulation that will emerge from the planning review.
Places, People and Planning - Scottish Government consultation
In 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. The RTPI Scotland response is available here.
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.
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
The Scottish Government consultation on the future of the planning system, Places, People and Planning, closed. The Government has advised that an analysis of the responses will be published in Summer 2017.
RTPI Scotland submitted a response to the consultation, heavily informed by the views of our members.
RTPI Scotland will also publish a series of thinkpieces, exploring in more detail ways of implementing in practice some of the Government's ambitions for planning.
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.
Report of the Independent Panel, Empowering planning to deliver great places, published. Read RTPI Scotland's response and briefing for MSPs.
'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.