Plan­ning Sys­tem Con­sul­ta­tion ‘Step In The Right Di­rec­tion’ - SPF

The Oban Times - - Property -

A CON­SUL­TA­TION on pro­pos­als to re­form Scot­land’s plan­ning sys­tem is a “step in the right di­rec­tion”, ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion (SPF).

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart re­cently launched a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per which sets out 20 pro­pos­als to re­vamp the sys­tem.

David Mel­huish, di­rec­tor of the SPF, said the prop­erty in­dus­try needs the plan­ning sys­tem to ‘show strong lead­er­ship, sup­port ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment and wel­come new in­vest­ment in our built en­vi­ron­ment’. He con­tin­ued: ‘ The launch of the con­sul­ta­tion is a wel­come step in the di­rec­tion of giv­ing our plan­ning ser­vice a plat­form for im­prove­ment.

‘ The prop­erty in­dus­try is in­creas­ingly re­liant on global capital and if we are to drive lo­cal eco­nomic growth, jobs and in­vest­ment we must have strong pub­lic lead­er­ship and an ef­fi­cient and as­pi­ra­tional plan­ning ser­vice.

‘ The re­cent set of quar­terly statis­tics pub­lished by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment demon­strated a no­table trend of re­duc­ing num­bers of ma­jor plan­ning de­ter­mi­na­tions that con­tinue to take longer to achieve.

‘ We need the plan­ning sys­tem to show strong lead­er­ship, sup­port ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment and wel­come new in­vest­ment in our built en­vi­ron­ment.’

In ad­di­tion, Mr Mel­huish said the SPF wel­comes and sup­ports a ‘more as­pi­ra­tional and vi­sion­ary fu­ture role for the plan­ning ser­vice’.

Mr Mel­huish said: ‘ The de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try fully sup­ports the as­pi­ra­tions ex­pressed in the con­sul­ta­tion pa­per on co- or­di­na­tion of in­vest­ment pro­grammes and work­ing with ex­ist­ing agen­cies and is keenly in­ter­ested in see­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the In­de­pen­dent Panel of the need for an In­fra­struc­ture Agency and an In­fra­struc­ture Fund taken for­ward.

‘ This should of­fer the op­por­tu­nity of greatly im­proved in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­ery that will un­lock de­vel­op­ment while at the same time re­tain­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ment projects.’

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