RTPI Scotland has responded to the Scottish
Govermment's proposals for resourcing the planning system.
RTPI Scotland's briefing paper can be
RTPI Scotland Convenor, Bob Reid, said "There is much to welcome
in the announcements. The ScottishGovernment continues to
appreciate the important role planning has in delivering
sustainable economicgrowth in these austere times, and the package
as a whole contains some very welcome measures. Muchof what we do
with Government and with our stakeholders is necessarily behind the
scenes but theannouncement is a clear vindication RTPI in
Scotland's positioning both as a critical friend of Governmentand
an honest broker between Government and the wider development
industry. Our over-riding ambitionis to get a planning system that
works effectively and efficiently, and the announcement takes us
forward inboth directions.
We particularly welcome the recognition that the planning
service needs adequate resources and thepragmatic and consensual
way that this sensitive issue has been handled. There are a small
number ofareas where RTPI Scotland believes further consideration
is needed and we will continue to work withGovernment to press the
case for a greater spatial planning for renewables, to seek
clarification on 'underperforming'local authorities, and for
planning fees to be ringfenced."