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Scottish government look to revamp planning system

News   •   Jul 03, 2017 10:00 BST

The Scottish government has proposed a transformation to its planning system for homes and infrastructure projects in a bid to make them more effective.

The ‘Places, People and Planning’ position statement outlines the ambitions for a more effective system, which supports business while working with communities to ensure development happens in the right places.

The statement has taken onboard the opinions gathered from an extensive consultation process and provides an update on proposals for improving development planning, empowering communities and streamlining the planning process.

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, said: “We want to take forward changes that make a real difference to planning in Scotland – ensuring we have a system that can deliver the quality homes, buildings and modern infrastructure we need to make great places in the future.

“I was delighted with the response to the consultation and that so many individuals and communities took the time to share their views. I am listening carefully to what people have to say about their experiences of the planning system – and how we can make it better.

“We need to strike a balance in addressing the many issues raised. It is crucial that planning helps drive forward inclusive growth by enabling high quality development in a way that involves local people as fully as possible.”

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