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27/03/17 00:01

Final say on Scotland’s planning system

Consultation on significant changes enters final week.

People will have a final opportunity to comment on major changes being proposed for the planning system in Scotland, as a consultation on planning draws to a close next week.

The Scottish Government has set out 20 proposals to revamp the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning decisions. The proposals build on recommendations from an independent review panel.

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“This consultation outlines major proposals for improving Scotland’s planning system, and so I’d urge everyone with an interest in planning – developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and  members of the public – to use this opportunity to tell us what they think.

“Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to driving forward regeneration. We need a strong system to support these aims and for long-term economic growth, and we can only achieve that system if we ensure we are taking into account the views of everyone involved.

“I firmly believe Scotland’s planners can lead the delivery of great places, empower communities and provide a stable environment for investment through the uncertain times we live in.”

The consultation, 'Places, people and planning' runs until Tuesday 4 April.