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Massive Scottish planning reforms revealed

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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

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