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RTPI Scotland responds to Scottish Government proposals

07 January 2013

Bob ReidRTPI Scotland has responded to the Scottish Govermment's proposals for resourcing the planning system.

RTPI Scotland's briefing paper can be read here.

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."