Scot­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion wel­comes Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s ‘pos­i­tive’ re­sponse to plan­ning re­view

The Oban Times - - PROPERTY -

SCOT­TISH Min­is­ters have pub­lished their re­sponse to the re­port of the in­de­pen­dent plan­ning re­view panel led by Craw­ford Bev­eridge, Pe­tra Biber­bach and for­mer Scot­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion chair­man John Hamil­ton.

Build­ing on the work of the panel, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied 10 im­me­di­ate ac­tions in­clud­ing:

Ex­tend­ing per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights – where plan­ning per­mis­sion is not needed – to more types of de­vel­op­ment. This could mean re­mov­ing un­con­tro­ver­sial mi­nor de­vel­op­ments from the sys­tem, as well as us­ing per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment to en­cour­age de­vel­op­ments which sup­port low- car­bon liv­ing and dig­i­tal in­fras­truc­ture.

Strength­en­ing skills and ca­pac­ity and con­sult­ing on en­hanced fees to en­sure plan­ning au­thor­i­ties are bet­ter re­sourced to de­liver more homes.

Im­prov­ing plan­ning per­for­mance, en­sur­ing users of the sys­tem re­ceive a bet­ter ser­vice.

In­tro­duc­ing pi­lot sim­pli­fied plan­ning zones for hous­ing so that plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted for hous­ing up front, al­low­ing de­vel­op­ments to progress more quickly and flex­i­bly.

Iden­ti­fy­ing how dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the plan­ning ser­vice can be taken to an­other level, us­ing tools in­clud­ing the web and 3D vi­su­al­i­sa­tions to make in­for­ma­tion about how our places will evolve over time much eas­ier to ac­cess and un­der­stand.

The Scot­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion, which con­trib­uted ev­i­dence to the plan­ning re­view, has wel­comed the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse.

Mandy Cat­ter­all, gov­ern­ment re­la­tions man­ager at the Scot­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion, said: ‘ The rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­port of­fer a strong fo­cus on a plan­ning ser­vice that de­liv­ers pos­i­tive out­comes for com­mu­ni­ties, pub­lic lead­er­ship and se­cur­ing in­vest­ment.

‘ We look for­ward to en­gag­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers on the pro­posed work pro­grammes and the de­vel­op­ment of more de­tailed pro­pos­als for the rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in the re­view.

‘Our sec­tor is a key catalyst for jobs, in­vest­ment and cre­at­ing places for peo­ple to live, work and play, and we need to work to­gether if we are to sus­tain the econ­omy and in­vest­ment in Scot­land. The pri­or­ity in Scot­land must re­main on grow­ing the econ­omy and se­cur­ing in­vest­ment to de­liver the in­fras­truc­ture our busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties need. We must act swiftly to get the mes­sage around that Scot­land is open for busi­ness.’

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