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RTPI Scotland shares planning reform priorities with ICE and RICS

12 December 2016

RTPI Scotland has established five common priorities for Scottish Planning Reform with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This is to ensure the Planning Bill recognises the built environment sector’s vital role and potential to drive growth and sustainable development.

A report detailing these priorities has been delivered to the Minister for Local Government and Housing, relevant parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and stakeholders, ahead of the Planning Consultation Paper due to be published imminently.

Five shared priorities

The five shared priorities are:

  • Getting supporting infrastructure delivered
  • Resourcing the system
  • Taking a plan-led approach
  • Break down silos
  • Make sure that plans are delivered

RTPI Scotland has written to, among others, Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work; Andy Wightman, MSP; John Scott MSP; Clerks to the Local Government and Communities Committee and Homes for Scotland.

Craig McLaren, RTPI Scotland Director, said:

“There is overwhelming consensus on the action that needs to be taken to make sure that planning is delivering for Scotland’s people, economy and environment. A plan-led approach to development with a clear framework for delivering the infrastructure – railway upgrades, schools and green spaces – that Scotland needs in the 21st century is a fundamental ambition of RTPI Scotland. We look forward to continuing to work with ICE and RICS, and the Scottish Government, to see our shared aspirations realised.”

RTPI Scotland's ideas for change

Earlier in the month RTPI Scotland has written to every Cabinet Secretary making the case for a Chief Planning Officer in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making.

The letter highlights how a statutory Chief Planning Officer will ensure development and building plays a central part in tackling the economic, environmental and social challenges in each area of the country, helping ministers achieve their ambitions for a successful and sustainable Scotland. 

This idea could be an instrumental means of delivering the priorities shared by ICE and RICS. It is among 14 “gamechangers” the RTPI Scotland has suggested to the Scottish Government for inclusion in the White Paper outlined in its paper “Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland”.