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Independent review affirms planning’s proactive role in Scotland

01 June 2016

RTPI Scotland has broadly welcomed the Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System’s recommendations. It is pleased that the review panel has taken a positive approach aimed at empowering planning to deliver great places.

The report provides a useful and welcome building block on which to take forward a more proactive planning system.

In its response to the review the RTPI emphasised that a fundamental shift in thinking which recognises the central role planning has in creating successful, well-planned places across Scotland is needed.

The Institute pledges to work with Scottish Government and other key players to meet the review’s aims of “re-establishing the profession as a leader, an innovator and, a strong and effective advocate for the public interest”.

 Nick Wright, Convenor of RTPI Scotland, said:

“At the outset we said that the review could be a real opportunity to maximise the potential of the planning system and the Review Panel should be commended in taking this approach.  Although there is still work to be done in working out the details of recommendations we are delighted that the Panel has taken account of our views.

“We asked for the future planning system to be seen and used by national and local governments as an integral part of their work - frontloaded, outcome and delivery focussed, and adequately resourced to deliver the key components of the document.”

RTPI Scotland awaits the Minister's response to the panel's recommendations and is keen to work with him and other key stakeholders to take forward new legislation, guidance, advice and support. 

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 manifesto and supporting papers 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.