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New guidance on housing and infrastructure delivery published in Scotland

Words: Roger Milne

The Scottish Government's Planning and Architecture Division published draft planning delivery advice on housing and infrastructure this week.

The main purpose of the guidance, now out for consultation, is to help the preparation of development plans by providing clarity on how housing and infrastructure requirements can be identified and programmed for delivery.

The document explains how planning authorities should ensure that plans provide for a minimum of five-year supply of housing land and what steps are needed to establish infrastructure capacity and needs.

The division has stressed that joint working is key.

This will require “a shared sense of responsibility, building partnerships and actively engaging communities”.

Although the draft advice aims primarily to help in the preparation of development plans, it may also be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and appeals.

The document contains examples of what the division recognises as good practice as well as annexes that focus on specific issues such as affordable housing.

The consultation ends on March 31, 2016.

More information and the consultation documents can be found here.

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