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Institutes combine to establish planning reform priorities

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RTPI Scotland, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have established five common priorities for reforming planning in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is due to publish a planning consultation paper shortly, following an independent review of the planning system.

The institutes have compiled a report detailing these priorities to Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing, relevant parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and stakeholders.

The five shared priorities are:

  • Getting supporting infrastructure delivered;

  • Resourcing the system;

  • Taking a plan-led approach;

  • Breaking down silos; and

  • Making sure that plans are delivered.

These priorities aim to ensure the planning bill recognises the built environment sector’s vital role and potential to drive growth and sustainable development.

Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland, said: “There is overwhelming consensus on the action that needs to be taken to make sure that planning is delivering for Scotland’s people, economy and environment.

“A plan-led approach to development with a clear framework for delivering the infrastructure – railway upgrades, schools and green spaces – that Scotland needs in the 21st century is a fundamental ambition of RTPI Scotland. We look forward to continuing to work with ICE and RICS, and the Scottish Government, to see our shared aspirations realised.”

In November The Planner reported that RTPI Scotland had written to every Scottish cabinet secretary to put forward the case for the planning function in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making processes.

The suggestion was one of 14 recommendations laid out in the RTPI Scotland report, Repositioning Planning: Building A Successful And Sustainable Scotland, to the Scottish Government.

The report and more information on the five priorities can be found here (pdf).

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