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First Planning (Scotland) Act policies implemented

Words: Roger Milne
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The first set of regulations kick-starting several provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 has come into force. These include setting out for the first time in law the purpose of planning.

These provide for amendments to Part 1A of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 in order to bring into effect the statutory framework for the preparation of the National Planning Framework.

The regulations also provide for the insertion of section 3ZA ‘Purpose of planning’ into the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

This means that the purpose of planning now statutorily applies to Scottish ministers and planning authorities when exercising their functions relating to preparation of the NPF and strategic development plans and local development plans.

The purpose of planning is explained as “managing the development and use of land in the long-term public interest” as well as contributing to sustainable development.

The measures also partially bring into force several other sections of the latest legislation, but only for the purpose of making regulations or issuing, varying, publishing and revoking guidance.

In September, The Planner reported about the timetable for the implementation of the act. Read the article here on the website.

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