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Chief planner sets out new goals for his team

Words: Roger Milne

John McNairney, the Scottish Government’s chief planner, has listed a set of new commitments for the administration’s planning and architecture team.

These are highlighted in the service’s latest planning performance annual report.

The new commitments include completing the transition to the new www.gov.scot website and establishing a monitoring plan to gather user feedback on the new content and make improvements. Also promised is a co-production approach to developing advice and guidance and the creation of a set of service standards for the Development Planning Gateway.

The chief planner also said the service would encourage “more two-way communication through better use of Twitter and our blog”.

The report highlighted the success of the planning initiative with around three-quarters of all planning applications now being submitted through the online planning service.

McNairney said: “In recent years we have been keen to find new ways to deliver against a context of limited resources and we will continue to seek collaboration in delivery going forward.

“This will be crucial as we take forward the government’s response to the review of planning, the secretariat to which was provided by my team. This is a hugely important time for planning in Scotland.

“The ongoing review provides an opportunity for us all to improve the contribution that planning makes to our places and communities and it will provide the framework for much of the work that we will deliver in 2016/17.”

The Planning Performance Framework Annual Report 2015-16 can be viewed here.