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PAS responds to Planning Position Statement

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PAS has recently responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation Places, people and planning: Position Statement (June 2017). This consultation continues the Scottish Government’s process of reforming the Scottish planning system and sets out the changes that Scottish Ministers are considering taking forward into a new Planning Bill (expected late 2017-early 2018).

The planning reform process began with an independent review of the planning system which reported in May 2016. In January 2017 the Scottish Government published a consultation document called Places, People and Planning, setting out a set of proposal to improve Scotland’s planning system, followed by independent analysis of findings.

The Position Statement set out its proposed changes under the 4 key themes originally defined by the independent review:

• Making Plans for the Future
• People Make the System Work
• Building More Homes and Delivering Infrastructure
• Stronger Leadership and Smarter Resourcing

PAS’s response can be viewed in full at this link.
Key themes set out in PAS’s are summarised below:

  • A commitment to culture change within the planning profession will be needed to ensure that the high-level aims of reform (such as alignment of community planning and spatial planning, utilisation of SD technologies, and more) are achieved.
  • Planning reform should be interconnected with the aims of the current Scottish Government consultation on The Socio-Economic Duty.
  • PAS remains strongly committed to the aspiration of achieving better engagement of young people in the planning system.
  • Considerable further details is needed on key procedural changes to be introduced. PAS also noted that little detail on how more innovative housing models will be promoted through Scotland’s’ planning system.
  • For more information please contact David Wood (PAS Planning and Policy Manager) david@pas.org.uk

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