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Planning Review

a timeline so far...


Planning Bill Milestone

RTPI Scotland engagement

December 2017/January 2018

Planning Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will be scrutinised and subject to amendment and voting in the first half of 2018.

RTPI Scotland submits written evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee and Finance and Constitution Committee scrutiny of the draft legislation.

Autumn 2017

Scottish Government publishes report on analysis of Position Statement Responses

Planning Bill Announced in the Scottish Government's Programme for Government.

RTPI Scotland launches #planningahead campaign to promote awareness and value of planning to MSPs and other stakeholders.

Summer 2017

Scottish Government publishes a Position Statement in response to the outcome of the "Places, People and Planning" consultation. This includes some clarification on the changes we can expect to see in a Planning Bill in late 2017/early 2018.

RTPI Scotland responds to Position Statement.

April – June 2017


RTPI Scotland publishes a series of five thinkpieces (below), exploring in more detail ways of implementing in practice some of the Scottish Government's ambitions for planning.

January 2017

Scottish Government publishes 20 proposals for reforming the planning system for consultation in "Places, People and Planning". These proposals are a direct response to the independent review.

RTPI Scotland submit a detailed response to the consultation, informed by the views of our members.

November 2016


RTPI Scotland publishes a vision for a new planning system "Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland".

May 2016

Independent review of the planning system "Empowering planning to deliver great places" is published.

RTPI Scotland responds and provides briefing to MSPs.

Autumn 2015

Scottish Government announces an independent review of the planning system.

RTPI Scotland publishes written evidence to the review.

RTPI Scotland thinkpieces - Proposals for change

The Scottish Government consultation paper Places, People and Planning contained many ideas for making the planning system more influential and effective. RTPI Scotland has advanced these ideas by preparing a series of thinkpieces that propose implementable changes to the way 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

Delivering more homes

A new development plans process

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.