The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland) has welcomed the decision of the Parliament's Local Government and Communities Committee to resist calls for introducing third party rights of appeal on planning decisions.
RTPI Scotland Convenor Fraser Carlin said:
"The Planning Bill is a great opportunity to put communities at the heart of deciding how places will change. We believe the way to do this is through supporting people to engage early and meaningfully in plans and decision making.
"The proposals considered by the Committee would have entrenched confrontation when we need collaboration between everyone with an interest in our built and natural environment. They would have Ied to more local decisions being made by central government at a time when we want to give communities more say over where the places where they live. And they would have allowed competing commercial interests to frustrate development and potentially pit one part of a community against another.
"The proposals would also have put immense strain on planning departments who are already under severe resourcing pressures.
"When the Bill moves to stage 3, we want to see further amendments to make sure that the tools and resources are in place to support proactive and positive public involvement in planning.”
Read about the Committee’s scrutiny of the bill here.