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RTPI Scotland influences parliamentary committee’s climate change report

10 March 2017

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A parliamentary report into the draft Scottish Climate Change Plan, published today, has incorporated a number of issues raised by RTPI Scotland. The report by the Local Government and Communities Committee highlights the lack of information on specific policies in relation to planning and calls on Scottish Government to address this.  The report will help shape the Scottish Government’s final Climate Change Plan.

Craig McLaren, Director of RTPI Scotland said:

“We raised a number of concerns with the committee through our written evidence and when I spoke at their inquiry. It’s good to see many of our members’ concerns reflected in the final report and I look forward to hearing from government about how they will address them.”

The final report agreed with the following points raised by RTPI Scotland:

  • the benefits of involving communities in the planning process from the outset and the need to join up local community planning, spatial planning processes and strategic planning decisions
  • the lack of information in the Plan on community involvement in planning
  • more information on community involvement in the planning process should be included in the final version of the Plan and that the Scottish Government should take these views into account as part of its ongoing planning review
  • there is a lack of information in the Plan on how the planning system can contribute to a modal shift away from single vehicular use to more sustainable and active forms of travel
  • more emphasis should be given to how planning can contribute to behaviour change and active modes of travel
  • a lack of information on how planning could be used to protect green space and direct development to brownfield land
  • the lack of resourcing in planning
  • the Scottish Government should work with local authorities to ensure planners and key decision makers have the right skills to properly consider climate change in planning decisions

RTPI Scotland provided its expertise through written and oral evidence.

Read: Report on the Draft Climate Change Plan - the Draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032