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Scottish Forum for Planning

The Scottish Forum for Planning (SFFP) aims to bring together key interests and expertise in planning to:

  • provide an ongoing vision and direction for planning in Scotland through identifying, constructively responding to, and exploring new ways of tackling, emerging issues in planning
  • support the delivery of planning reform and performance improvement
  • share information activity to maximise joint working and minimise duplication 

In doing this it aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • provide constructive and proactive comment on planning issues
  • develop more joined up approaches to planning
  • catalyse joint working and joint programmes
  • identify areas of agreement and of difference 
  • provide opportunities for sharing of experiences and perspectives 

The SFFP aims to:

  • provide constructive feedback on approaches to planning policy and practice in Scotland
  • identify and share relevant new approaches to planning policy and practice
  • identify and share future issues for planning policy and practice and, if appropriate, commission work to explore these in more depth 
  • support the development of issues discussed at the Scottish Governments Annual Planning Summit
  • support the development of a programme of events, publications and support which aims to bring the key interests together to improve planning practice

The SFFP has a senior representative from each of the following organisations: 

  1.   Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland 
  2.   Planning and Architecture Division, Scottish Government
  3.   Heads of Planning Scotland
  4.   Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals
  5.   PAS
  6.   Homes for Scotland
  7.   Scottish Property Federation
  8.   Key Agencies Group
  9.   Law Society of Scotland
  10. COSLA
  11. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
  12. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland
  13. SOLACE Scotland
  14. EnvironmentLINK
  15. CBI Scotland
  16. Landscape Institute Scotland
  17. Institution of Civil Engineers

The SFFP meets 3 times a year, or as required, at dates to be agreed.

The Planning Minister will be invited to attend at least 1 meeting a year.

The SFFP works under the Chatham House Rule.

Non-attributal notes of meetings are available on request.


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