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Planning Review and Planning Bill

a timeline so far...


Planning Review Milestone

RTPI Scotland engagement

Late 2019

Making of secondary legislation, new policy and guidance. Preparation of NPF4 to begin.

RTPI Scotland will work closely with Scottish Government to shape the secondary legislation, regulations and guidance to accompany the new act.

Spring 2019

Stage 3 - The Parliament debates and votes on the final Bill before it passes to Royal Assent.

RTPI Scotland sends briefing and amendments briefing to all MSPs ahead of the Stage 3 debate.

Autumn 2018

Stage 2 scrutiny of the Planning Bill is underway. Almost 350 amendments have been tabled and must be debated and voted on by the Local Government and Communities Committee

RTPI Scotland briefs members of the Local Government and Communities Committee regarding amendments that pose issues of particular importance to the Institue.

Summer 2018

Parliament is in recess, and Stage 2 of the Planning Bill is scheduled to take place in September.

RTPI Scotland is proposes a number of amendments to the Bill for potential inclusion at Stage 2, to begin in September. We are working with Scottish Government MSPs to gain support for tabling these for debate.

May 2018

The Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee publishes its Stage 1 Report on the Bill. This is followed by the Stage 1 Debate in the Chamber.

RTPI Scotland sends briefing to all MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate.

December 2017/January 2018

Planning Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill was scrutinised and subject to amendment and voting in the first half of 2018.

RTPI Scotland submits written evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee and Finance and Constitution Committee scrutiny of the draft legislation. RTPI Scotland invited to give oral evidence to both Committees.

Autumn 2017

Scottish Government publishes report on analysis of Position Statement Responses

Planning Bill Announced in the Scottish Government's Programme for Government.

RTPI Scotland launches #planningahead campaign to promote awareness and value of planning to MSPs and other stakeholders.

Summer 2017

Scottish Government publishes a Position Statement in response to the outcome of the "Places, People and Planning" consultation. This includes some clarification on the changes we can expect to see in a Planning Bill in late 2017/early 2018.

RTPI Scotland responds to Position Statement.

April – June 2017


RTPI Scotland publishes a series of five think pieces (below), exploring in more detail ways of implementing in practice some of the Scottish Government's ambitions for planning.

January 2017

Scottish Government publishes 20 proposals for reforming the planning system for consultation in "Places, People and Planning". These proposals are a direct response to the independent review.

RTPI Scotland submit a detailed response to the consultation, informed by the views of our members.

November 2016


RTPI Scotland publishes a vision for a new planning system "Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland".

May 2016

Independent review of the planning system "Empowering planning to deliver great places" is published.

RTPI Scotland responds and provides briefing to MSPs.

Autumn 2015

Scottish Government announces an independent review of the planning system.

RTPI Scotland publishes written evidence to the review.

RTPI Scotland think pieces - Proposals for change

The Scottish Government consultation paper Places, People and Planning contained many ideas for making the planning system more influential and effective. RTPI Scotland has advanced these ideas by preparing a series of think pieces that propose implementable changes to the way our planning system works. The think pieces are:

A statutory Chief Planning Officer in local authorities

Making an infrastructure first approach a reality

Making local place plans work - collaboration rather than conflict

Delivering more homes

A new development plans process