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Minister tells RTPI Scotland conference 'planning is key to nation's economic recovery'

10 November 2009

Speaking to over a hundred town planners from across Scotland at the RTPI Scotland National Conference 'Delivering Development: Planning in Scotland to 2030', Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change said:

\"The RTPI conference is an opportunity to highlight the importance of planning in a challenging climate. A key part of the Scottish Government's economic recovery plan is ensuring all Government activity, including planning, supports economic development.

\"That's why we have acted to ensure Scotland's planning system is increasingly joined up, providing greater certainty and speed of decision making for developers and communities.

"Initiatives like ePlanning, the second National Planning Framework and the commitments in 'Delivering Planning Reform' can all play a part in creating a leaner and fitter planning system, fit for 21st century Scotland, which supports economic recovery.\" 

Martin Willey, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: 

\"The recent reforms to the planning framework in Scotland have strengthened a system that was already effective and much admired. The new National Planning Framework sets out a clear way forward for a sustainable Scotland. We have long called for such a framework to be introduced in England – we hope that Scotland's successful experience will be heeded south of the border as well."