Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Massive Scottish planning reforms revealed

  • Comment
The most comprehensive reform ever of Scotland's planning system has been announced.

According to Scottish politicians the new Planning (Scotland) Bill is 'the most fundamental and comprehensive reform of the planning system' since it was created in 1948.

Communities minister north of the border Malcolm Chisholm said the Bill was a once in a lifetime opportunity for reform that would be both more efficient and inclusive.

The Scottish Greens said the aim of the planning bill was to streamline the current system and boost economic growth.

Chisholm continued: 'Sustainable economic growth needs a modern planning system to speed up decisions, reflect local views and allow quicker decisions for businesses who want to invest in Scotland.

'These reforms will encourage engagement and openness; not confrontation or imposition.

They will support investment in jobs, in essential infrastructure such as housing, school and hospitals; and the regeneration of our communities.

'We will rebuild trust with communities, by listening and taking their views into account. People can engage early in the process and their voices will be heard while proposals are still on the drawing board.'

by Rob Sharp

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.