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28/02/2018

Scottish planning bill online consultation deadline approaching

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The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee’s online consultation on the Planning (Scotland) Bill closes this week, on Friday 2 March.

The bill comprises measures that aim to improve planning outcomes by strengthening processes for participation of a whole range of stakeholders right across the country’s planning system.

A supporting policy memorandum states that the bill will focus planning and planners on “delivering the development that communities need rather than focus on continuous writing of plans that lack a clear route to delivery”.

The committee is taking online consultation responses until 4pm on Friday 2 March.

Bob Doris MSP, Local Government and Communities Committee Convener, said: “The entire purpose of these proposed changes is to strengthen the planning system and boost its contribution to inclusive growth, housing and infrastructure in Scotland.

“The bill also aims to empower people to have their say on their places more than ever before, so that communities can influence development plans in their local areas.

“Our committee now wants to find out whether the bill will deliver an improved planning system and if so, should any improvements and changes be made to the bill so that Scotland can develop a world-class approach to planning its cities, towns and rural areas in the future.”

Sign up here on the Scottish Parliament website to respond. More information about the bill can be found here on the Scottish Parliament website.


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