Planning reform continues to attract lots of interest. There was a very high turnout at our seminars in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh – many thanks again to our expert panel members for their insights.
“How we move on now”
Royal Assent – the Bill becoming the Act – encouraged a discussion about the future – “how we move on now”.
Key points included:
- Reform is a continuing journey
- Scottish Government are still preparing their programme – for producing NPF4, reviewing regulations, providing new guidance, and progressing digital planning
- A high performing planning system is about everybody
- The importance of collaboration
- Changing behaviours (a more helpful term than culture change – everyone can, and should, take responsibility for changing their behaviour)
- It remains a plan-led system, but with fundamental changes to the hierarchy of plans
- Lots of interest in the timing and scope of the new regional spatial strategies – no answers yet
- Plans – difficult to identify the critical path and dependencies – unclear which plan comes first – eg. will the new RSSs precede NPF4?
- 10 year cycle for NPF and LDPs might give less opportunity for participation, scrutiny and intervention
- Local place plans – lack of formal role for key agencies such as Transport Scotland
- Not everybody is happy with the Act – how do we address the dissatisfaction of some communities?