In September last year, the Scottish Government embarked upon a review of the Scottish planning system. The review focussed on development planning, housing delivery, infrastructure, development management, community engagement and leadership, resources and skills. The report of the review by the independent panel was published at the end of May this year.
Last week, Scottish Ministers published their response to the report. This sets out ten key actions which will be taken forward as a priority. A clear area of priority is housing delivery, with Ministers committing to:
Other areas of focus include the extension of permitted development rights, and work to improve resources within planning authorities.
The Scottish government will now work with local authorities, developers and community groups to develop more detailed proposals for reform. The aim is to carry out a consultation later this year, and put a Planning Bill before the Scottish Parliament in 2017.
TLT will continue to monitor and report on the proposals for reform.
Contributor: Alexandra Holsgrove Jones
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