Consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

News story posted: 12/01/2017

Places, people and planning: a consultation on the future of the Scottish planning systemScottish Government has launched a digital consultation on the plans for the future of the Scottish planning system. The consultation seeks the views of the people of Scotland.


UPDATE 09/02/2017: Scottish Government has published a briefing note for community councils. The briefing note highlights the four main areas of change proposed within the consultation and what these proposals could mean for community councils, as well as other information about the planning system and development plans.


Download the guide here – Briefing Note for Community Councils


In 2015 Ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. The review included opportunities to get involved through both written and oral evidence and an online discussion forum and many community councils gave input to this review. Since then Scottish Government has been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including community representatives, public and private sectors, to explore potential changes to the planning system.


This consultation builds on the work of the Independent Panel, the Scottish Government and stakeholders. It presents proposals for change and provides an opportunity for people to help shape the future of the planning system in Scotland.


Community councils have a statutory right to be consulted on applications for planning permission and are mentioned in Places, people and planning: A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system, which gives an overview of the consultation and proposed changes to the Scottish planning system.


Following completion of the consultation period analysis of the responses will be undertaken and published within 12 weeks of the consultation closing. The analysis will help inform the drafting and production of a draft Planning Bill which is to be introduced to Parliament in Year 2 of the Parliamentary Programme.


During the time of the consultation closing and the introduction of the bill Scottish Government will be engaging with key stakeholders to finalise the detailed proposals for inclusion in the bill.


More information, including how to get involved in the consultation, can be found at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/planning-architecture/a-consultation-on-the-future-of-planning/


The consultation will close on 4 April 2017.


More information


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

Places, people and planning: A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

A consultation on the future of planning

Scottish Planning Review Participation Statement January 2017

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