Scottish Government opens consultation on planning system modernisation

Tuesday 10 January 2017

The Scottish Government has set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning decisions. They form a consultation which will pave the way for a planning bill to be brought forward this year.

The proposals build on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year. Key changes include zoning more land for housing, promoting self-build and removing the need to apply for planning permission for more types of development. The consultation also seeks views on new rights for communities to produce their own plans for their local area.

Planning minister Kevin Stewart has said “Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to driving forward regeneration. would encourage everyone with an interest in planning – developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and members of the public – to tell us what they think of our proposals for change.” The consultation, “Places, people and planning” runs until Tuesday 4 April, and can be accessed   here.