Barriers to community engagement in planning research study published

News story posted: 22/05/2017

Scottish Government has published a research study following four workshops and an online survey looking at the barriers to community engagement in the Scottish planning system, which was conducted in December 2016.


The survey was seeking views on how community involvement in the planning process can be encouraged, diversified, and strengthened. More information can be found at www.communitycouncils.scot/complete-the-survey-around-barriers-to-community-engagement-in-the-scottish-planning-system.html.


Yellow book, along with the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Nick Wright Planning, were commissioned by the Scottish Government Planning and Architecture division to investigate the factors which inhibit communities, young people and other seldom-heard groups from engaging in the planning system.


SCDC, Yellow book, and Nick Wright Planning, jointly hosted four discussion sessions in different locations across Scotland in November and created this online survey to gather the views of more people. The survey received 1640 substantive answers and around a third of those were from respondents who identified themselves as community councillors.


This survey followed an independent review of the Scottish planning system (May 2016) commissioned by the Scottish Government which recommended that actions should be taken to ensure that community involvement in planning for place is fairer and more inclusive.


A further consultation and white paper was published in early 2017 outlining proposed changes to the planning system – including tackling barriers to greater involvement in planning, taking account of measures contained in the Community Empowerment Act and the Land Reform Act.


The study provides a set of recommendations in relation to the ongoing planning review with a specific focus on how to engage communities and the special challenges of reaching the “seldom heard” groups.


Link to study (pdf): https://beta.gov.scot/publications/barriers-to-community-engagement-in-planning-research/Barriers%20to%20community%20engagement%20in%20planning%20-%20a%20research%20study.pdf?inline=true


If you have any questions, please phone 0131 244 7067 or email planningreview@gov.scot

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