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26/06/13 11:30

Planning summit

Minister meets front line staff in Stirling

The people of Scotland deserve a high performing, modern planning system that places a stronger focus on economic recovery, Planning Minister Derek Mackay said today.

In one of a series of events across the country, the Minister met front line planning officers and agency staff to underline the importance of improving the performance of Scotland’s planning system.

The meeting comes as a national consultation takes on the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy, which will influence development plans across the country for the next thirty years.

In Stirling, Mr Mackay said:

“Scotland needs a planning system that prioritises the delivery of sustainable economic growth.

“I am in Stirling to meet staff who are at the coal face and who deal with planning issues on a daily basis. It is important that they maintain a high level of performance; our people deserve no less.

“Future planning decisions should be given significant weight to the economic benefit of the proposed developments, particularly the creation of new jobs.

“The consultation on the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy will influence development plans across the country for the next thirty years affecting every part of Scotland.”

Notes to editors

The consultation documents are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/NPF3-SPP-Review

It is expected that following consultation, the SPP will be finalised by the end of 2013, with NPF3 being adopted by 2014.