Craig McLaren, National Director of RTPI in Scotland today (Monday 28th February) launched a consultation with members on their planning manifesto for the Scottish elections. The manifesto aims to raise awareness of the importance of planning amongst policy-makers and highlight its role in delivering sustainable change.
Craig said: \"Planning is critical to economic recovery, safeguarding our environment, and protecting our precious heritage. There have been significant changes made to the Scottish planning system in the last few years to improve its effectiveness. Good progress has been made and so we want to building on this, rather than push for unneeded, radical change. It's important that we get this right so we are asking members and for the very first time partner organisations in Scotland to take time to read through what we are proposing, and feed back improvements and comments.\"
Whilst focusing on what it terms four cornerstones of good planning, the draft manifesto contains a raft of innovative improvements to the current system, including a call for a Planning Committee for the Scottish Parliament, to reinforce the importance and cross-cutting nature of proper planning.
The four \"cornerstones\" of good planning are the need to:
- ensure that the planning system has a central role in shaping the future of Scotland;
- facilitate sustainable development, economic growth and successful places;
- provide the right framework for planning at national, regional, local and community levels; and,
- provide adequate resources.
The draft manifesto can be downloaded here. Partners and members should send their comments to Craig McLaren by phoning 0131 229 9628 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 March.