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RTPI welcomes planning review in Scotland

02 September 2015

Scottish planning review an opportunity to maximise planning potential 


RTPI Scotland welcomes the review of the planning system in Scotland as announced by the Scottish Government on 1 September saying that it is an opportunity to maximise the potential of the planning system.

The review will identify the scope for making the planning process more efficient and accessible, particularly in ways that will increase delivery of high quality housing developments.

RTPI Scotland has been leading thinking on how planning can play a bigger role in delivering better and more homes across Scotland. In our recent publication “10 Propositions to Support Planning for Housing” we highlighted the need to connect planning vision with delivery; to more effectively link development infrastructure and land assembly; and to support planners to identify sustainable places for homes to be built.    

Pam Ewen, Convenor of RTPI Scotland, said:

“We support the Government’s ambition to deliver more high quality homes. A properly resourced planning service is vital to make it happen and the review will help the planning system realise its full potential.  We already have ideas on how this can be done and so look forward to working with the Scottish Government and other organisations to put in place the game-changers required.

“Scotland has the foundations of a good planning system, one which is respected and recognised across the world.  Over the last five years significant improvements have been made to focus the system on the right development in the right place and to improve its effectiveness and efficiency.  However we can, and should, build on this and make it better.”

Details of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government are available here. Planning and housing are mentioned on page 71:

“Planning System and Housing

 We will review the operation of the planning system in Scotland, identifying the scope for further reform with a focus on delivering a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process, in particular increasing delivery of high quality housing developments. Our aims are to:

  •  Ensure that planning realises its full potential, unlocking land and sites, supporting more quality housing across all tenures and delivering the infrastructure required to support development.
  • Streamline, simplify and improve current systems and remove unnecessary blockages in the decision-making process.
  • Ensure that communities are more engaged in the process.
  • Continue to meet our statutory and international obligations in protecting and enhancing Scotland's nature and environment.”