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RTPI Scotland continues to feed into planning review

03 July 2017

RTPI Scotland has published the last two of its five think pieces which aim to advance ideas on how the planning system can be improved and feed into the thinking of the Scottish Government’s proposed new Planning Bill expected to be launched later this year.

The first piece proposes a new Local Development Plan process that will contribute to simplifying and strengthening the planning system, the other looks at how we can create a more collaborative and delivery focused approach to planning for housing.

Kate Houghton, RTPI Scotland Policy Officer, said:

“Our members care passionately about making the planning system work better for everyone and want to see real positive change at the end of the review. They have devoted much time to develop these five papers which contain some very implementable changes that we hope the Government would consider for the Bill and its supporting policy, guidance and regulation.”  

The Scottish Government launched its review into the planning system in Autumn 2015. In January 2017, it published a consultation on twenty proposals for change in Places, People and Planning. Last week it published position statement which provides an update on the programme of reform and an analysis of responses to the consultation received so far.

No decisions has been made on the content of a future Planning Bill at this stage and the Government said further views will be taken into account as it moves towards finalising the proposals for change.

The position statement and accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment Report, which sets out the environmental impacts of the proposed changes, are open for consultation until 11 August. RTPI Scotland will formally respond to it and members are encouraged to submit their views to

Read about RTPI Scotland’s involvement with the planning review to date.