A proactive and frontloaded planning system

The planning system must be more proactive and frontloaded.  This requires a truly plan-led approach that promotes the primacy of the Development Plan through upstreamed community and stakeholder engagement that builds consensus and provides clarity on responsibilities for delivery. ·        

Allocations within the Local Development Plan (LDP) should establish the principle of development; deemed consents.  This will reduce double-working on subsequent planning applications on allocated sites as less information and input will be required.

Development Plans should be more succinct, place-focussed and visual and include long tem settlement strategies to spatially articulate the Community Planning vision for the place.

There should be more frontloaded community and stakeholder engagement in the preparation of the development plan. A “Call for Ideas, Assets and Sites” at an early stage could replace the Main Issues Report.

Why the contribution is important

This would allow planners to plan properly. It would provide certainty and clarity for communiyties, developer and investors. It would lead to a more creative and positive discussion about how paces can develop over time.

by CraigMcLaren on January 29, 2016 at 04:11PM

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  • Posted by Redfox February 11, 2016 at 22:43

    What is said here sounds great in an ideal world but we need to accept that we do not live in that world. Planning has little if any control over delivery and without this the Plan-led system will always be undermined by house builders. Local Plans are now much more up to date than they have been historically yet the number of appeals allowed in favour of house builders must be at a record high. How can you front load a system when there is already enough land allocated or consented to build housing on for 20 years at least. Where would you spend money on infrastructure if you have no control of anyone actually building anything near it. Add on top of that the fact that the house builders intentionally build at a snails pace to keep the cost of housing artificially high and the Plan-led system fails time and time again.
  • Posted by cjch February 22, 2016 at 13:55

    Difficult to evaluate this because of jargon ("upstreamed", "frontloaded", etc.).
  • Posted by GaryTempleton February 23, 2016 at 14:39

    Strongly support the principle of front loading. Moray Council has taken a much longer term approach to supply of land for housing, which should brings the benefits of longer term infrastructure planning and ensure an effective supply of housing is maintained.

    At a more site specific level, Council officers are endeavouring to engage with housebuilders even before pre-application stage to discuss issues such as affordable housing provision and design issues.
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